Taxonomic History / Nomenclature
Cyrtoptyx latipes (Rondani, 1874) is the current valid name for Dinarmus dacicida Masi and dacicida has sometimes been treated as a subspecies, in which case the name would be Cyrtoptyx latipes dacicida (Masi, 1907). For additional information, see the Chalcidoidea Database by John Noyes.
Cyrtoptyx latipes, in the strict sense, occurs from Cyprus through the Middle East to India plus Eritrea, with purposeful introduction to Italy. Inclusion of the subspecies noted above makes this species more widely distributed on both sides of the Mediterranean.
No referenced distribution records have been added to the database for this OTU.
Biology / Hosts
Reared from Olive fly, Bactrocera oleae.
Biology and Behavior
Silvestri observed Cyrtoptyx latipes (which he called Dinarmus dacicida and Dinarmus dacicida virescens ) attacking the larval stage of olive fly (Bactrocera oleae ) infesting olives in Italy (Silvestri 1914, pp. 83-85). In field experiments in Crete, Greece, Bigler et al. found parasitization rates by Cyrtoptyx latipes of olive fly to decrease with increasing host density in both olive orchards and oleaster areas (Bigler et al. 1986). An earlier study by Neuenschwander et al. (1983) provides additional details for Western Crete. A detailed biology is also provided by Luigifilippo (1967).