Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

Subfamily Doryctinae

Compiler and date details

N.B. Stevens, M. Iqbal, A.D. Austin & J.T. Jennings, Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity (CEBB), Waite Institute, Adelaide, South Australia


This is a large subfamily that comprises small to large species. The defining feature of this group is the presence of a longitudinal row of stout spines on the fore tibia, a large head on often a slender, elongate body, and a cyclostome depression above the mandibles (see Braconinae).

The group is worldwide in distribution but for Australia most species are undescribed. Although only 26 species are so far recorded, a revision currently in progress indicates that the true size of the fauna is close to 400 species, and includes a greater proportion of reduced-winged species compared with other regions.

Doryctines are mostly ectoparasitoids of wood-boring coleopteran larva and consequently are commonly collected near fallen trees and rotting logs. A few species have also been reared from lepidopteran and sawfly larvae. Several Australian species are being used as biological control agents overseas against beetle pests of eucalypts.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
23-Mar-2015 25-Jul-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)