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Zootaxa. 2014 Jun 20;3821(2):285-90. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3821.2.9.

Chakra, a new genus of Scelioninae (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae) from India, along with description of a new species.

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Zoological Survey of India, Western Ghats Regional Centre, Calicut, Kerala-673006, India.; Email:
National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects, P.B. No. 2491, Hebbal, Bangalore, India 560024.; Email:


A new genus and one new species of Scelioninae (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea: Platygastridae) is described and illustrated from India: Chakra Rajmohana and Veenakumari, gen. nov. and Chakra sarvatra Rajmohana and Veenakumari, sp. nov. The new genus is most similar to Opisthacantha Ashmead and differs from it in the presence of a unique sculpture on the head and mesosoma: large and round tubercles separated by sinuous, narrow furrows; the position of lateral ocelli; the dorsally extended prominent interantennal prominence and the fore wing with stigmal and postmarginal veins distinctly longer than the marginal vein.

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