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Taeniogonalos dhritiae

10th November, 2023 Environment

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  • Scientists of the Zoological Survey of India have discovered a new species of wasp - Taeniogonalos dhritiae.



  • The new species of wasp is a winged insect.

Area of Discovery

  • The new species has been discovered in the Ranipuram Hills area of the Western Ghat part of Kerala.

Species Family

  • Taeniogonalos dhritiae is a species in the family of Trigonalyidae.

Species of Trigonalyidae

  • While there are about 122 described species of Trigonalyidae, in 16 genes worldwide, the knowledge of Indian Trigonalyidae is scanty with only eight described species to date.


  • These insects are hyperparasitoids (parasites of parasites) where females lay eggs on other parasitic wasps.


  • The Trigonalyidae family is found in abundance in parts of Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia.


Q. Recently, a newly discovered species Taeniogonalos dhritiae was in the news. What is it?

  1. A Wasp
  2. A Fern
  3. A Parasite
  4. A Small Fish

Choose the correct code.

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D


Option 1. A