The use of integrative taxonomy in determining species limits in the convergent pupa coloration pattern of Aphytis species

  title={The use of integrative taxonomy in determining species limits in the convergent pupa coloration pattern of Aphytis species},
  author={T. Pina and M. Verd{\'u} and A. Urbaneja and B. Sabater-Mu{\~n}oz},
  journal={Biological Control},
Abstract Correct species identification in field surveys determines the success of natural enemies in biological control programmes. For such surveys, short-keys, mainly based on one or two morphological characters, are used as a quick-tool to ascertain species identification. However, when the whole character plasticity (the one used in the short-keys) has not been covered or is shared between species, some misidentifications could occur. Aphyti s (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) are one of the most… Expand
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