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DIAZ, Norma B.; HERNANDEZ, Emilia P.; GALLARDO, Fabiana E.  and  RECHE, Vanina A.. Biodiversity indicators for diagnosis microhymenopterans collection of Museo de La Plata, Argentina (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea). Rev. Soc. Entomol. Argent. [online]. 2011, vol.70, n.1-2, pp. 63-73. ISSN 0373-5680.

In this paper we apply biodiversity indicators for the diagnosis of the Cynipoidea collection of Museo de La Plata, Argentina, in order to set objectives and future policies regarding this collection. The indicators used, taxonomic identification, taxonomic and geographic representativeness and the percentage of biologic associations, showed the following results: 75% of specimens identified to species level; taxonomic representativeness of taxa present in the Neotropical region, as follows: families 100%, subfamilies 100%, genera 58% and species 15%; the best represented group quantitatively as well as qualitatively is Figitidae Eucoilinae. Geographic representativeness is 78% for Argentina and 33% for the Neotropics. Only 32% of the hosts of the preserved specimens are known.

Keywords : Museo de La Plata; Curatory; Cynipoidea collection; Biodiversity indicators.

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