Promuscidea unfasciativentris Girault, 1917: 6-7. Type species: Promuscidea unfasciativentris Girault, 1917, by monotypy.
- Body dark brown to nearly black, faintly shiny, with a creamy white / pale yellowish band across the first abdominal tergite, usually medially interrupted or broken by a dark, longitudinal band; apex of last abdominal tergite pale
- Head and thorax with dark brown, prominent setae; smaller setae on flagellar segments brown, longer setae pale
- Female antenna 9-segmented, antennal formula 1143 with two anelli (male antenna with F1 always shorter than F2, clava two-segmented)
- Mesosoma with raised, reticulate sculpture
- Fore wing broad, marginal vein shorter than costal cell, stigmal vein long; postmarginal vein long, parastigma well-developed, with a process and two long bristles; submarginal vein with 5-6 setae; a long seta present at the junction of parastigma and submarginal vein
- Ovipositor not exserted
- Tarsal formula 5-5-5
Oriental and Afro-tropical regions.
Species in India
Only four species are known in this genus. The sole Indian species, Promuscidea unfasciativentris Girault, is widely distributed throughout the country (Andhra Pradesh; Assam; Bihar; Delhi; Jammu & Kashmir; Karnataka; Kerala; Madhya Pradesh; Orissa; Punjab; Tamil Nadu; Uttar Pradesh; West Bengal; Andaman & Nicobar Islands).
Hosts and habitat
A common hyperparasitoid of several species of mealybugs (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) and also other Coccoidea through their primary parasitoids, mainly Encyrtidae and also Pteromalidae (Hayat, 1998; Noyes, 2014).
- Hayat, M. 1998. Aphelinidae of India (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea): A taxonomic revision. Memoirs on Entomology, International, Vol. 13, Associated Publishers, Florida, USA. 416 p.