Cephaloplites Szepligeti, 1897

Taxonomic History / Nomenclature
Cephaloplites Szepligeti, 1897: 600. Type species: Cephaloplites mocsaryi Szepligeti, 1897 (monobasic)

Type locality of type species: Hungary, Budapest; holotype female in National Museum of Natural History, Budapest.

Originally described as a separate genus and retained in this status by Fischer (1972) and van Achterberg (2005 European fauna website). Treated as a subgenus of Opius by Wharton (1988).

Cephaloplites is known from only two Palaearctic species.
Diagnosis and Relationships
Cephaloplites is immediately recognized by the presence of a pair of knobs or tubercles on the face between the epistomal sulcus and the antennal bases (Fig. 2). There is a densely setose depression along the ventral margin of the tubercles. Additional characters include: mandible with broad, basal tooth or lobe (as in the type species of Opius) with apical portion parallel-sided; malar sulcus weak; pronotum dorsally with deep, median pit (pronope); precoxal sulcus unsculptured, weakly impressed; mesoscutal midpit absent (Fig. 1); notaulus confined to anterior declivity of mesoscutum; scuto-scutellar sulcus narrow; fore wing (Fig. 3) with stigma moderately short and broad, r arising slightly basad the midpoint, m-cu strongly postfurcal, second submarginal cell relatively short; hind wing with RS and m-cu distinct; T1 without dorsope.
1. Cephaloplites mocsaryi dorsal view...
2.Cephaloplites mocsaryi face
3.Cephaloplites mocsaryi wings
No referenced distribution records have been added to the database for this OTU.

There are no specimens currently determined for this OTU, or those specimens determined for this OTU are not yet mappable.

This page was assembled by Bob Wharton and Danielle Restuccia. It is part of a review of the genera of World Opiinae, conducted at Texas A&M University. We are particularly grateful to Xanthe Shirley, Andrew Ly, Patricia Mullins, Trent Hawkins, Lauren Ward, Cheryl Hyde, Karl Roeder, and Andrea Walker, who did nearly all of the imaging (together with Danielle) for this project. Matt Yoder and Istvan Miko provided guidance on databasing issues associated with our use of mx and HAO respectively. This project would not have been possible without the kindness of many curators at museums throughout the world who gave generously of their time to Bob Wharton and his students. In particular, I thank Henry Townes (deceased) and David Wahl (American Entomological Institute, Gainesville), Gordon Nishida (Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu), Norm Penny, and Bob Zuparko (California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco), Bill Mason (deceased), Mike Sharkey, Andrew Bennett, and Henri Goulet (Canadian National Collection, Ottawa), Paul Dessart (deceased) (Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Brussels), Marc De Meyer (Koninklijk Museum voor Midden-Afrika, Tervuren), Axel Bachmann (Museo Argentino de Ciencias Natureles, Buenos Aires), Eberhard Koenigsmann (deceased) and Frank Koch (Museum fuer Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universitaet, Berlin), J. Casevitz Weulersse and Claire Villemant (Museum National d’Historie Naturelle, Paris), James O’Connor (National Museum of Ireland, Dublin), Jenö Papp (National Museum of Natural History, Budapest), Kees van Achterberg (National Museum of Natural History, Leiden), Max Fischer, Herb Zettel, and Dominique Zimmermann (Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien), Per Persson and Lars-Åke Janzon (Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet, Stockholm), Ermenegildo Tremblay (Silvestri Collection, Portici), Erasmus Haeselbarth (Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns, Munich), Tom Huddleston and Gavin Broad (The Natural History Museum, London), Paul Marsh and Robert Kula (USDA Systematic Research Laboratory and US National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D. C.), Vladimir Tobias (deceased) and Sergey Belokobylskij (Zoological Institute, Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg), and Roy Danielsson (Zoological Institute, Department of Systematics, Lund) for facilitating loans and general assistance associated with examination of holotypes and other material in their care. This work was supported largely by NSF/PEET DEB 0328922 and 0949027, with REU supplements 0723663, 1026618, 1213790, and 1313933 (to Wharton). Page last updated July, 2015. The material on this page is freely available, but should be acknowledged if used elsewhere.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers DEB 9300517, DEB (PEET) 9712543, DEB (PEET) 0328922 with REU supplements 0723663 and 1026618 and DEB 0949027 with REU supplements 1213790 and 1313933. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.