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Main diagnostic characters
1. Petiole 2-segmented (100%)
2. In winged species, fore wing virtually without venation, unique in having a reticulate structure; hind wing reduced, stalk-like (100%)
3. Mandibles exodont (100%)
4. Head with pleated membranous hyperoccipital region of bellow-like appearance (100%)
5. Minute species, length less than 0.75mm long
The family currently includes 3 genera (2 fossil) and 17 species (8 fossil). No subfamily classification has been proposed.
Unknown, but a specimen has been reared from a bracket fungus (Gibson, 1993) and in New Zealand the species are commonly associated with weevils in mosses.
Blood & Kryger, 1922 (description of British species).
Gibson, G.A.P. 1993. Superfamilies Mymarommatoidea and Chalcidoidea. In Goulet, H. & Huber, J.T. (Eds): Hymenoptera of the World: an identification guide to families 570-655.
Blood, B.N.; Kryger, J.P. 1922. A new mymarid from Brockenhurst. Entomologist's Monthly Magazine 58:229-230.
Last updated 07-Jun-2004 Dr B R Pitkin