Taxonomic Progress and Diversity of Ichneumonoid Wasps (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea) in Southeast Asia


  • Nut Songvorawit Integrative Ecology Laboratory, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND
  • Donald Quicke Integrative Ecology Laboratory, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND
  • Buntika Areekul Butcher Integrative Ecology Laboratory, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND


accumulation curve, Braconidae, estimation, Ichneumonidae, species richness, taxonomists, tropics


Taxonomic studies on parasitoid wasps in the superfamily Ichneumonoidea occurring in Southeast Asia (SEA) are reviewed from a historical perspective. A list of all described species in this group until the end of 2019 was compiled for each SEA country and the taxonomic effort expended in each calculated. Taxonomic effort over time differed significantly between countries, probably largely due to historical events. Involvement of local taxonomists started soon after 1900 but the proportion remained extremely low when compared to foreign experts, and although increasing markedly since 1990, remains very low.

Author Biographies

Nut Songvorawit, Integrative Ecology Laboratory, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND

Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Donald Quicke, Integrative Ecology Laboratory, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND

Department of Biology, Faculty of Science


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How to Cite

Songvorawit, N., Quicke, D. and Butcher, B.A. 2021. Taxonomic Progress and Diversity of Ichneumonoid Wasps (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea) in Southeast Asia. Tropical Natural History. 21, 1 (Mar. 2021), 78–93.



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