Pionini Smith & Shenefelt, 1955

Townes (1970) characterized the Pionini primarily on the basis of the possession of a slender, needle-like ovipositor tip, lacking the subapical notch found in most other Ctenopelmatinae. Townes (1970) also emphasized the deep, u-shaped notch that separates the hind margin of the metanotum from the basal end of the median and sublateral longitudinal carinae of the propodeum. Unfortunately, both features are found elsewhere in the Ctenopelmatinae, and a subapical notch is present on the ovipositor of the species of two of the genera (Labrossyta Foerster and Hodostates Foerster) that were tentatively included in Pionini by Townes. The u-shaped notch separating the metanotum and propodeum is found in a number of Tryphoninae, as well as in some other groups, and is not present in at least some pionines (e. g. Asthenara Foerster). We include Hodostates here, pending revision of the Pionini, but we have placed Labrossyta under Perilissini, following Gupta (1987) and Aubert (2000).
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