Annals of the Entomological Society of America (2009) 102, 937-958

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Robert M. Plowes, Edward G. Lebrun, Brian V. Brown and Lawrence E. Gilbert (2009)
A review of Pseudacteon (Diptera: Phoridae) that parasitize ants of the Solenopsis geminata complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Annals of the Entomological Society of America 102 (6), 937-958
Abstract: Some phorid flies of the genus Pseudacteon Coquillett parasitize workers of Solenopsis geminata (F.) complex fire ants. The group is found to comprise at least 21 species of flies, of which 11 are new to science and described here: P. amuletum, P. andinus, P. annulus, P. catarinae, P. deltoides, P. hippeus, P. kungae, P. laticarinatus, P. palomita, P. quinni, and P. robustus. An identification key to the females is included. This expansion of known Pseudacteon species parasitizing the S. geminata complex makes it an interesting system for comparison with Pseudacteon flies that parasitize fire ants of the S. saevissima (Smith) complex.
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Database assignments for author(s): Edward G. LeBrun, Lawrence E. Gilbert

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Solenopsis geminata U.S.A. (mid S)
Pseudacteon (genus - parasitoids) Solenopsis geminata U.S.A. (mid S)