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First record of Closteroceruschamaeleon, parasitoid of the Eucalyptus Gall Wasp Ophelimusmaskelli (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea, Eulophidae), in the New World.

  • Author(s): Burks, Roger A;
  • Mottern, Jason L;
  • Pownall, Nicole G;
  • Waterworth, Rebeccah;
  • Paine, Timothy D
  • et al.

The uniparental parasitoid Closteroceruschamaeleon (Girault) is discovered to be fortuitously present on a population of the invasive Eucalyptus Gall Wasp Ophelimusmaskelli (Ashmead) in Riverside, California. This is the first report from the New World of Closteroceruschamaeleon, which has proven to be a highly effective natural enemy of Ophelimusmaskelli in the Mediterranean Basin. The taxonomy and identification of Closteroceruschamaeleon is discussed.

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