- El País
Scientists from the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC) in Madrid and the University of Panama have described three new wasp species that induce their gills in trees, namely white oaks (Quercus bumelioides) from Central America.
These species (Neuroterus elvisi, Neuroterus pulchrigalla and Neuroterus glandiphilus) are found in the moist forests of Costa Rica and Panama, where evidence has also been detected in the form of galls of the presence of other species of the same genus, although no insects have yet been found Adults.
These wasps cause that the plant to develop a prominence tissue or gill that serves as shelter and food for the larvae.
"These wasps differ from the European species of Neuroterus in some morphological features, so it will be necessary a thorough taxonomic review to determine if they are definitely in the same genus," explained the researcher of the MNCN José Luis Nieves Aldrey.
The oak forests that serve as habitats for these wasps are threatened and the presence of these insects can help to determine their conservation status, "which would be one of the most practical and direct applications of the study," added the scientist.