Ilicopius Fischer, 1992

Taxonomic History / Nomenclature
Ilicopius Fischer, 1992: 47. Type species: Opius ilicis Nixon, 1939 (original designation).

Originally proposed by Fischer 1992 as a subgenus of Opius s.l.; the type species was treated by Tobias (1998) as a species of Opius in the subgenus Phaedrotoma.

The type species was treated as a junior subjective synonym of Opius pulchriceps Szepligeti, 1898 by Belokobylskij et al. (2003).

Diagnosis and Relationships
Ilicopius was proposed for species otherwise similar to Pendopius but with shorter maxillary palps (Fischer 1992, 1999). In the type species of Pendopius, the maxillary palps are longer than the height of the head whereas in the type species of Ilicopius, they are about equal in length to the height of the head or very slightly shorter. Another more distinctive difference between the type species of these two nominal subgenera is the shape of the mandible. The mandible has a very distinctive basal tooth or lobe in the type species of Pendopius, but is only gradually widened from apex to base in the type species of Ilicopius. This mandibular difference would result in placement in two different genera in the classification of Li et al. (2013).

Additionally, the type species of Ilicopius lacks sculpture on the precoxal sulcus and on the metasoma posterior to T1, lacks a mesoscutal midpit, has an exposed labrum, m-cu of the fore wing is postfurcal, and the propodeum is almost completely smooth and polished.

No referenced distribution records have been added to the database for this OTU.
Biology / Hosts
A detailed developmental biology study of the type species was published by Cameron (1941).

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.