ISSN 1175-5326 (print edition)
ISSN 1175-5334 (online edition)
Copyright © 2008 · Magnolia Press
Zootaxa 1787: 28–44 (2008)
Alobevania, a new genus of neotropical ensign wasps (Hymenoptera: Evaniidae),
with three new species: integrating taxonomy with the World Wide Web
ANDREW R. DEANS1 & RICARDO KAWADA2
1Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7613, 2301 Gardner Hall, Raleigh, NC 27695-7613 USA.
E-mail: email@example.com [ZooBank LSID]
2Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Departamento de Biologia, Av. Marechal Campos, 1468, Maruípe, CEP 29040-090 -
Vitória, ES, Brazil. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org [ZooBank LSID]
Alobevania Kawada & Deans, n. gen., and three new ensign wasps, A. gattiae Kawada & Deans, n. sp., A. tavaresi
Kawada & Deans, n. sp., and A. longisaeta Kawada & Deans, n. sp. are described from specimens collected in the Neo-
tropics. A key to species and discussion of how this previously undescribed lineage fits within Evaniidae are provided.
This taxonomic effort is greatly enhanced by the integration of numerous Web resources: a) an ontology of Hymenoptera
morphology, b) annotations and collections of images archived in Morphbank, c) descriptive species pages at Evanioidea
Online, d) Web-based multi-entry and bifurcating diagnostic keys at Evanioidea Online, e) taxon pages at the Tree of
Life Web Project, f) registration of taxa, authors, taxonomic references, and specimens at ZooBank and assignment of
Life Science Identifiers (LSIDs), g) georeferencing of all specimen localities, with downloadable KML files, h) manu-
script is marked up using TaxonX and is available through Plazi.
Key words: Evanioidea, cybertaxonomy, mx, Evaniella, Hymenoptera Ontology
Rearing records indicate that ensign wasps (Hymenoptera: Evaniidae) develop as solitary predators of cock-
roach eggs (Dictyoptera) within oothecae (Deans 2005). Female evaniids are often collected while they search
through leaf litter, tussocks,