Morphometric analysis of Trichogramma achaeae Nagaraja and Nagarkatti, an important biological control agent of agriculture and forestry

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  • Forest Entomology Division, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun ,IN
  • Forest Entomology Division, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun ,IN



Characters, measurements, morphometrics, Trichogramma achaeae
Entomology, Trichogramma, Morphometrics


Taxonomy of Trichogramma species is very important for their biological control program. Various researchers have proposed the taxonomic keys based on genitalia but there are other important characters that needs consideration and these have been largely ignored by taxonomists while proposing the taxonomic keys. In the present study, the emphasis is given on morphometry of some important characters including genitalia in Trichogramma achaeae Nagaraja and Nagarkatti. The average body length of both male and female were measured as 0.478 mm and 0.543 mm, respectively, it showed that females are longer than males. Important characters such as head length and width, hind wing length and width, also length of its marginal fringes were measured including setae on RS1, RS2, r-m veins and statistically analyzed for significant differences. Detailed morphometry of T. achaeae is described and discussed.


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Author Biographies

Salman Khan, Forest Entomology Division, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Research Scholar, Forest Entomology Department, Forest Research Institute, P.O. New Forest, Dehradun, Uttarakhand-248006

Mohd. Yousuf, Forest Entomology Division, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Scientist-G, Forest Entomology Department, Forest Research Institute, P.O. New Forest, Dehradun, Uttarakhand-248006




How to Cite

Khan, S., & Yousuf, M. (2017). Morphometric analysis of <i>Trichogramma achaeae</i> Nagaraja and Nagarkatti, an important biological control agent of agriculture and forestry. Journal of Biological Control, 31(2), 90–94.



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