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Nieves-Aldrey J.L.,CSIC - National Museum of Natural Sciences | Rodriguez P.A.,ICA Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario | Medianero E.,Programa Centroamericano de Maestria en Entomologia
Annals of the Entomological Society of America | Year: 2013

We describe Diastrophus colombianus Nieves-Aldrey sp. nov., a gall inducer on Rubus glaucus Bentham (Rosaceae) in Colombia. This is the first reliable record of a species of Diastrophus Hartig, 1840 (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) and of an herb gall wasp (Cynipidae: "Aylacini") native to the Neotropical region. The phylogenetic relationships among the members of Diastrophus-D. colombianus and the species considered by a previous study-were inferred from adult morphological and gall characteristics. Our results suggest that D. colombianus is more closely related to a clade composed of Diastrophus austrior Kinsey, Diastrophus rubi (Bouché), Diastrophus fragariae Beutenmüller, and Diastrophus tumefactus Kinsey. © 2013 Entomological Society of America.

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