Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

ICHNEUMONIDAE: : Anacis Porter 1967


Characteristics of Anacis include: 1. Body size (mm) (excluding antennae and ovipositor):<10mm; 2. Position of spiracle on Tergite 1 (T1 of metasoma):clearly behind the centre; 3. Shape of aerolet in forewing:other; 4. Colour of face:other; 5. Metasoma compressed:dorsal-ventrally; 6. Size of Ocelli:small; 7. Length of antennae:as long, or longer than body; 7. Length of antennae:shorter than body; 8. Length of ovipositor:not longer than body; 9. Wings:present; 10. Colour of wings:hyaline (clear); 11. Sternaulus (on mesopleuron):short; less than 0.5x length mesopleuron; 12. Shape of face in lateral view:flat or only weakly bulging; 13. Sternite on T1(viewed laterally):sternite not extending past spiracle; 14. Shape of T1(viewed laterally):evenly curved; 15. Number of teeth in mandibles:1 or 2; 16. Patterns on metasoma:bicoloured (bands); 17. Length of T1 vs T2:T1 longer than T2; 18. Sculpture on mesoscutum:finely pitted, many hairs; 19. Width of T1 (viewed dorsally):anterior part slender often parallel, strongly widening behind spiracle; 20. Glymma on T1:absent; 21. Sculpture on metasoma:smooth with a semi-glossy or satin appearance at least on T2; 22. Propodeum length:Propodeum reaching past coxal insertion, but not reaching halfway along metacoxae.

Distribution in NZ

North Island: ND, AK, BP, GB, HB, WI, WN. South Island: NN, SD, MC, CO, WD.

Species in NZ

One undescribed species.

Biology & hosts

This is a large and common genus in Australia but only one species is known from New Zealand. They are parasitoids of Lepidoptera (Gauld 1984). Nothing is known about the New Zealand species.

Sources of information

Gauld ID 1984. An Introduction to the Ichneumonidae of Australia. London, British Museum (Natural History). 413 p.


Ward DF & Schnitzler FR. 2013. Ichneumonidae of New Zealand. Genus Aphanistes
Accessed: 4 August 2020


v1.0. Ward DF & Schnitzler FR. 2013