Trjapitzin V.A.1, Triapitsyn S.V.2 2011. Review of species of the genus Chrysoplatycerus Ashmead, 1889 (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) // Russian Entomol. J. Vol.20. No.3: 331–339 [in English].

1 Do vostrebovania, Post Office 129344 (7 ulitsa Letchika Babushkina), Moscow, Russia.

2 Entomology Research Museum, Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, California 92521, USA. E-mail:

Key words: Hymenoptera, Encyrtidae, Chrysoplatycerus, taxonomy, key, parasitoid, Pseudococcidae, biocontrol.

Abstract. A diagnosis of the genus Chrysoplatycerus Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae), a key to its six known species, and their synopsis are given, with special attention to the economically important species Ch. splendens (Howard, 1888). All known members of this genus are parasitoids of mealybugs (Homoptera: Pseudococcidae) and of the New World origin, and only Ch. splendens was successfully introduced into the Republic of South Africa and also has penetrated recently into Italy. Ch. howardii Ashmead, 1900, stat.rev., for which a lectotype is designated, is treated provisionally as a valid species rather than a synonym of Ch. splendens.

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