Discovery of an oak gall wasp (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) inducing galls on deciduous oak trees in India

Yoshihisa Abe, Mantu Bhuyan, Jiten Mech, Pranab R. Bhattacharyya, Tatsuya Ide, Misako Mishima, Chika Suyama, Shinsuke Sato, Kazunori Matsuo, Nakatada Wachi

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Abstract

We report for the first time the occurrence of an oak gall wasp Andricus mukaigawae (Mukaigawa) (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) on the deciduous oak Quercus griffithii Hook. F & Thomson ex Miq. in India. Andricus mukaigawae is the only cynipid species that has been observed to induce galls on deciduous oak species in India to date. In addition, this is the first record of a gall wasp species with a distribution extending all the way from the eastern Palearctic region to the Indian subcontinent, suggesting the existence of a close relationship between cynipid faunas on deciduous oak trees in the two regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-342
Number of pages3
JournalEntomological Science
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2012

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science

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