Fopius carpomyiae (Silvestri, 1916)
See comments under the Fopius persulcatus species group on the Fopius page.
Taxonomic History / Nomenclature
Prior to 1987, most of the species of Fopius, including this one, were placed either in Opius or Biosteres. This species was originally described from India by Silvestri (1916) as Biosteres carpomyiae.
Striate sculpture on the second metasomal tergum and frons densely covered with large punctures are characteristics of this and other members of the persulcatus species group. This particular species is pale in coloration, has a relatively short ovipositor (compared to the better-known Fopius arisanus and F. vandenboschi), and the ovipositor tip is not narrowed apically.
Diagnosis and Relationships
A tabular summary of morphological features that facilitates comparison of the known species of Fopius is provided by Wharton (1999).
Originally described from India and subsequently recorded from Thailand.
Biology / Hosts
Introduced to Iran for control of Carpomya vesuviana Costa.