Parasitic wasp (numerous families)Tanaostigmodes sp. (Undescribed)  

1 Bossiaea gall wasp at Namadgi National Park

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Tanaostigmodes sp. (Undescribed) at Namadgi National Park - 3 Nov 2016
Tanaostigmodes sp. (Undescribed) at Namadgi National Park - 3 Nov 2016
Tanaostigmodes sp. (Undescribed) at Namadgi National Park - 3 Nov 2016
Tanaostigmodes sp. (Undescribed) at Namadgi National Park - 3 Nov 2016
Tanaostigmodes sp. (Undescribed) at Namadgi National Park - 3 Nov 2016
Tanaostigmodes sp. (Undescribed) at Namadgi National Park - 3 Nov 2016
Tanaostigmodes sp. (Undescribed) at Namadgi National Park - 3 Nov 2016
Tanaostigmodes sp. (Undescribed) at Namadgi National Park - 3 Nov 2016
Tanaostigmodes sp. (Undescribed) at Namadgi National Park - 3 Nov 2016

Identification history

Parasitic wasp (numerous families) Tanaostigmodes sp. (Undescribed) 4 Mar 2017 RogerFFounding Explorer - RogerF joined us in 2014! Confirmed
Parasitic wasp (numerous families) Tanaostigmodes sp. (Undescribed) 3 Mar 2017 michaelbMultiple Significant Sightings - michaelb has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - michaelb has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - michaelb joined us in 2014! Suggested
Unidentified 7 Nov 2016 KenTMultiple Significant Sightings - KenT has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - KenT has reported over 500 sightings! Pending ID

Significant sighting

michaelbMultiple Significant Sightings - michaelb has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - michaelb has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - michaelb joined us in 2014! noted:
4 Mar 2017

This is a new and undescribed species, genus Tanaostigmodes (family Tanaostigmatidae), a Bossiaea gall wasp. See comments.

10 comments

KenTMultiple Significant Sightings - KenT has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - KenT has reported over 500 sightings! wrote:
   7 Nov 2016
I'm guessing its a myxomycete, but even after looking at a small piece under a microscope I still don't have a clue.
HeinoFounding Explorer - Heino joined us in 2014! wrote:
   10 Nov 2016
I wonder if it's a gall. Long ago (over more than one year) I saw masses of such crimson things on shrubs in the Mt Ginini area and my recollection is that a dissection showed what I'd found to be a gall. From recollection they were confined to one of the pea flowers (Bossiaea comes to mind but I may be mis-remembering my identificationof the host). The striking colour made it very easy to see them froim a distance.
michaelbMultiple Significant Sightings - michaelb has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - michaelb has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - michaelb joined us in 2014! wrote:
   14 Nov 2016
I've moved the sighting into the Unidentified Insects section for others to look at.
HeinoFounding Explorer - Heino joined us in 2014! wrote:
   21 Nov 2016
While looking for something else I came across a photo like this in Roger Farrow's 'Insects of south-eastern Australia'. See page 158, where the galls are attributed to a wasp of the Chalcidoidea - and they are on a Bossiaea!
KenTMultiple Significant Sightings - KenT has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - KenT has reported over 500 sightings! wrote:
   23 Nov 2016
Heino, thanks for persisting with this. I now suspect it could be a gall perhaps either a mite or small wasp. Unfortunately since I found this I've been fighting the dreaded lurgy - its well ahead on points but I'm beginning to stage a come back. Anyway I've been unable to get out to have a further more in depth look, maybe in a week or two.
michaelbMultiple Significant Sightings - michaelb has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - michaelb has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - michaelb joined us in 2014! wrote:
   24 Dec 2016
Hi guys
I have found a very good reference to this in the latest BowerBird newsletter (author Ken Walker):
See pages 17 & 18 of:
http://researchdata.museum.vic.gov.au/BowerBird_Bugle/Edition_49.pdf
In the accompanying photo the galls are also on a Bossiaea at higher altitudes, attributed to an unknown wasp, and also refer to Roger Farrow's book.
KenTMultiple Significant Sightings - KenT has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - KenT has reported over 500 sightings! wrote:
   26 Dec 2016
Thanks Michael, hopefully someone will send him a specimen and perhaps he will be able to rear out the invertebrate, but I wonder if a dying plant part will still support a developing parasite.
michaelbMultiple Significant Sightings - michaelb has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - michaelb has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - michaelb joined us in 2014! wrote:
   27 Dec 2016
Yes Ken, I had the same question. I hope he can do it too.
RogerFFounding Explorer - RogerF joined us in 2014! wrote:
   27 Dec 2016
Its a common insect induced gall on found on bossiaea foliosa but to date I have not succeeded in rearing the culprit out but still trying. As Ken says you need a mature gall to allow the inducer to complete development and emerge. Another method would be to put a sleeve around the gall to trap anything that emerges although this may also include hyper parasites.
michaelbMultiple Significant Sightings - michaelb has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - michaelb has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - michaelb joined us in 2014! wrote:
   4 Mar 2017
Ken Walker has succeeded in rearing the Bossiaea gall wasp and has identified it to genus. It is a new species of Tanaostigmodes (family Tanaostigmatidae). He will work with Dr John LaSalle to describe and write a paper on the new species and give it a name. See Ken’s excellent and detailed essay on the subject in the BowerBird newsletter at:-
http://researchdata.museum.vic.gov.au/BowerBird_Bugle/Edition_50.pdf
I have made a new suggestion for the ID.

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Austrolestes cingulatus at Namadgi National Park - 7 Jan 2017
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Discaria pubescens at Namadgi National Park - 3 Nov 2016

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  • Coordinates 148.983639-35.891222

Species information

Sighting information

  • Namadgi National Park Location
  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • KenT Recorded by
  • 3 Nov 2016 Recorded on
  • Website Reported via
  • Notes:
    Length of pink structures 560-720µm and width 32-36µm. Microscope images with 10x and 20x objectives

Tanaostigmodes sp. (Undescribed) locations

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