Biodiversity Data Journal : Data paper
Data paper
Fauna Europaea: HymenopteraApocrita (excl. Ichneumonoidea)
expand article infoMircea-Dan Mitroiu, John Noyes§, Aleksandar Cetkovic|, Guido Nonveiller ††,, Alexander Radchenko#, Andrew Polaszek§, Fredrick Ronquist¤, Mattias Forshage«, Guido Pagliano», Josef Gusenleitner˄, Mario Boni Bartalucci˅, Massimo Olmi¦, Lucian Fusuˀ, Michael Madlˁ, Norman F Johnson, Petr Jansta, Raymond Wahis, Villu Soon, Paolo Rosa, Till Osten ††,, Yvan Barbier, Yde de Jong₮,
‡ Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Biology, Iasi, Romania
§ Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom
| University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology, Belgrade, Serbia
¶ Nusiceva 2a, Belgrade (Zemun), Serbia
# Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, Kiev, Ukraine
¤ Uppsala University, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala, Sweden
« Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden
» Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturi, Torino, Italy
˄ Private, Linz, Austria
˅ Museo de “La Specola”, Firenze, Italy
¦ Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
ˀ Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Faculty of Biology, Iasi, Romania
ˁ Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Wien, Austria
₵ Museum of Biological Diversity, Columbus, OH, United States of America
ℓ Charles University, Faculty of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
₰ Gembloux Agro bio tech, Université de Liège, Gembloux, Belgium
₱ University of Tartu, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, Tartu, Estonia
₳ Via Belvedere 8d, Bernareggio, Italy
₴ Private, Murr, Germany
₣ Université de Mons-Hainaut, Mons, Belgium
₮ University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands
₦ University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland
† Deceased author
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Fauna Europaea provides a public web-service with an index of scientific names (including important synonyms) of all living European land and freshwater animals, their geographical distribution at country level (up to the Urals, excluding the Caucasus region), and some additional information. The Fauna Europaea project covers about 230,000 taxonomic names, including 130,000 accepted species and 14,000 accepted subspecies. This represents a huge effort by more than 400 contributing specialists throughout Europe and is a unique (standard) reference suitable for many users in science, government, industry, nature conservation and education.

Hymenoptera is one of the four largest orders of insects, with about 130,000 described species. In the Fauna Europaea database, ‘Hymenoptera - Apocrita (excluding Ichneumonoidea)’ comprises 13 superfamilies, 52 families, 91 subfamilies, 38 tribes and 13,211 species. The paper includes a complete list of taxa dealt with, the number of species in each and the name of the specialist responsible for data acquisition. As a general conclusion about the European fauna of Hymenoptera, the best known countries in terms of recorded species are those from northwestern Europe, with the least known fauna probably in the more eastern and southeastern parts of Europe.


Biodiversity informatics, Hymenoptera, Apocrita, Fauna Europaea, taxonomic indexing


The European Commission published the European Community Biodiversity Strategy, providing a framework for development of Community policies and instruments in order to comply with the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Strategy recognises the current incomplete state of knowledge at all levels concerning biodiversity, which is a constraint on the successful implementation of the Convention. Fauna Europaea contributes to this Strategy by supporting one of the main themes: to identify and catalogue the components of European biodiversity into a database to serve as a basic tool for science and conservation policies.

In regard to biodiversity in Europe, science and policies depend on knowledge of its components. The assessment of biodiversity, monitoring changes, sustainable exploitation of biodiversity, and much legislative work depends upon a validated overview of taxonomic biodiversity, in which Fauna Europaea plays a major role, providing a web-based information infrastructure with an index of scientific names (including important synonyms) of all living European land and freshwater animals, their geographical distribution at country level and some additional optional information. In this sense the Fauna Europaea database provides a unique reference for many user-groups such as scientists, governments, industries, conservation communities and educational programs.

Fauna Europaea kicked-off in 2000 as an EC-FP5 four years project, delivering its first release in 2004 (Jong et al. 2014). After thirteen years of steady progress, in order to efficiently disseminate the Fauna Europaea results and to increase the acknowledgement of the Fauna Europaea contributors, novel e-Publishing tools have been applied to prepare data-papers of all major taxonomic groups. For this purpose a special Biodiversity Data Journal Series has been compiled, called Contributions on Fauna Europaea. This work was initiated during the ViBRANT project and is further supported by the recently started EU BON project. This paper holds the first publication of the Fauna Europaea Hymenoptera - Apocrita (excluding Ichneumonoidea) data sector as a BDJ data paper.

Within the EU BON project further steps will be made to implement Fauna Europaea as a basic tool and standard reference for biodiversity research and to evaluate taxonomic expertise capacity in Europe. The Fauna Europaea data-papers will contribute to a quality assessement on biodiversity data by providing estimates on gaps in taxonomic information and knowledge.

General description


Fauna Europaea is a database of the scientific names and distribution of all extant, currently known multicellular European land and freshwater animal species assembled by a large network of experts. An extended description of the Fauna Europaea project can be found in Jong et al. 2014. A summary is given in the sections below.

The Hymenoptera - Apocrita (excluding Ichneumonoidea) is one of the 58 Fauna Europaea major taxonomic groups, covering 13,211 species (Fig. 2) and represented by a network of 20 specialists (Table 1). The current data-paper respects the organization of the animal groups present in the Fauna Europaea database.

Table 1.

Responsible specialists per family in Hymenoptera - Apocrita (excluding Ichneumonoidea). The actual numbers of databased species are given per family. For most families also an indication of the actual number of known/described species (showing a potential information gap) is given plus an estimate of the total number of existing species (i.e., described/known plus undescribed/undiscovered) for Europe.

* At present, Fauna Europaea lists 135 accepted chrysidid subspecies. We estimate that at least 50 subspecies could be considered as valid species, and future molecular analysis will prove it as in the case of the Chrysis ignita group (Soon et al. 2014). Based on recent unpublished findings, northern African species have been collected in the Iberian peninsula and S Italy, whereas Transcaucasian species are expected in Eastern Europe. Lastly, fifty-five European species and subspecies have been described after the publication of the world checklist of the Chrysididae by Kimsey & Bohart (Kimsey and Bohart 1990) and we expect around 50 species to be described in the next future, based on the material examined in different collections.

Agaonidae Mircea-Dan Mitroiu 5 5
Ampulicidae Yvan Barbier 5 5
Aphelinidae Andrew Polaszek 193
Apidae Andrew Polaszek 2066
Aulacidae Michael Madl 11
Bethylidae Andrew Polaszek 226
Bradynobaenidae Guido Pagliano 5
Ceraphronidae Andrew Polaszek 102
Chalcididae Lucian Fusu 93 99
Chrysididae Oliver Niehuis / Paolo Rosa & Villu Soon 483 486 550-600 *
Crabronidae Yvan Barbier 664 664
Cynipidae Fredrik Ronquist & Mattias Forshage 339 365
Diapriidae Norman Johnson 781
Dryinidae Massimo Olmi 107 114
Embolemidae Massimo Olmi 4 5
Encyrtidae Lucian Fusu 769 769
Eucharitidae Mircea-Dan Mitroiu 15 15
Eulophidae Mircea-Dan Mitroiu 1193 1193
Eupelmidae Lucian Fusu 105 118
Eurytomidae Mircea-Dan Mitroiu 352 353
Evaniidae Michael Madl 5
Figitidae Fredrik Ronquist & Mattias Forshage 425 440
Formicidae Alexander Radchenko 637
Gasteruptiidae Michael Madl 30
Heloridae Norman Johnson 4
Heterogynaidae Yvan Barbier 1 1
Ibaliidae Fredrik Ronquist & Mattias Forshage 3 3
Leucospidae Lucian Fusu 8 8
Megaspilidae Andrew Polaszek 140
Mutillidae Aleksandar Cetkovic & Guido Nonveiller 154 154
Mymaridae Lucian Fusu 457 457
Mymarommatidae Lucian Fusu 1 1
Ormyridae Mircea-Dan Mitroiu 25 25
Perilampidae Mircea-Dan Mitroiu 67 67
Platygastridae Norman Johnson 518
Pompilidae Raymond Wahis 284
Proctotrupidae Norman Johnson 59
Pteromalidae Mircea-Dan Mitroiu 1389 1391
Sapygidae Josef Gusenleitner 10 10
Scelionidae Norman Johnson 587
Sclerogibbidae Massimo Olmi 5 5
Scoliidae Till Osten 22
Signiphoridae Lucian Fusu 10 11
Sphecidae Yvan Barbier 58 58
Stephanidae Michael Madl 2
Tetracampidae Mircea-Dan Mitroiu 11 11
Tiphiidae Mario Boni Bartalucci 37
Torymidae Petr Jansta 326
Trichogrammatidae Lucian Fusu 147 147
Trigonalidae Michael Madl 1
Vanhorniidae Norman Johnson 1
Vespidae Josef Gusenleitner 269 271
Figure 1.  

Fauna Europaea on-line (browser interfaces) and off-line (spreadsheets) data entry tools.

Figure 2.  

FaEu Hymenoptera-Apocrita (excluding Ichneumonoidea) species per family. See Table 1 for family statistics.

Figure 3.  

Fauna Europaea geographic coverage ('minimal Europe').

Additional information: 

Hymenoptera is one of the four largest orders of insects (beside Coleoptera, Diptera and Lepidoptera), with about 130,000 described species. Their success is probably due to the tremendous range of ecological and behavioral adaptations. Two main groups (usually treated as suborders) are generally recognized within Hymenoptera: the paraphyletic Symphyta (sawflies and horntails) and the monophyletic Apocrita (bees, ants and wasps). Traditionally, Apocrita is divided in the paraphyletic Parasitica (the ovipositor retains its primitive role in egg-laying) and the monophyletic Aculeata (the ovipositor is modified for stinging) (Vilhelmsen 2001, Schulmeister et al. 2002, Heraty et al. 2011).

The ecology and biology of the species from the above families are extremely diverse. In their larval stage most species are carnivorous, feeding mainly on other insects or spiders, but some groups are specialized on other diets such as nectar and pollen (e.g. Apidae), vegetable tissues (e.g. Cynipidae), or are omnivorous (e.g. Formicidae). Among the carnivorous species, most are parasitoids i.e. the free-living adult usually searches a host (the egg, larva, pupa, or even the adult of mostly another insect) and its larva (solitary parasitoid) or larvae (gregarious parasitoid) will then develop inside (endoparasitoid) or outside (ectoparasitoid) that host, almost invariably killing it.

The group contains many species of parasitoids frequently used in biological control e.g. Trichogramma spp. (Chalcidoidea: Trichogrammatidae), but also the smallest known insect, the wingless male of Dicopomorpha echmepterygis Mockford (Chalcidoidea: Mymaridae), an egg parasitoid of only 0.13 mm in length, and the smallest winged insect, some females of Kikiki huna Huber & Beardsley (Chalcidoidea: Mymaridae) being only 0.16 mm in length. Members of Apoidea are among the most important pollinator agents in ecosystems containing flowering plants. A few species are regarded as pests (some sawflies, ants, and wasps).

In the Fauna Europaea database, Hymenoptera - Apocrita (excluding Ichneumonoidea) comprises 13 superfamilies, 54 families and 91 subfamilies (see taxonomic coverage). Some recent changes in the classification of Hymenoptera Apocrita will be included in the next version, such as the treatment of Scelionidae as a subfamily of Platygastridae (Scelioninae) (Sharkey 2007​), the inclusion of Cratomus Dalman and Panstenon Walker (Pteromalidae: Cratominae, Panstenoninae) in Pteromalinae, the inclusion of Epichrysomallinae in Pteromalidae (Heraty et al. 2013), etc. A different classification system for Apoidea (such as the one in Checklist of the Western Palaearctic Bees) will also be considered following a consensus decision of bee specialists.

Fig. 4

Figure 4.  

Polistes sp. (Vespoidea: Vespidae) nest.

Gap estimates in Fauna Europaea: Despite recent progress, it is important to note that we still know very little of the fauna of Hymenoptera for Europe. It is almost certain (if we use the UK fauna - by far the best known in Europe - as a guide and extrapolate from there) that the order Hymenoptera, in terms of species richness, would be far greater than that for Coleoptera. Currently the British Isles fauna of Hymenoptera stands at 7761 species, being the largest insect order in the region, ahead of Coleoptera and Diptera (Broad 2014).

Estimated gaps in terms of described species that are known from Europe, but are not currently included in the database are presented in Table 1. They range from zero for many families up to about 5-10% for other groups, and are expected to be filled in the next version of the database. Country gaps are not included in this analysis, but are expected to be higher in south-eastern European countries, where studies of Hymenoptera Apocrita fauna are still scarce compared with the north-western countries. The best known countries in Europe are probably UK (<80%), Sweden (<50%), ex Czechoslovak Republic (<50%), Germany (<50%), Italy (<50%), France (<30%), and Spain (<30%), with the least known fauna probably in the more eastern and southeastern parts of Europe such as Romania, Bulgaria, or Greece (probably all <20%) (Noyes, unpublished data).

With regard to the undescribed taxa, it would be generally highly speculative to estimate the potential number of new species for most families, especially for highly diverse groups containing minute species, such as Chalcidoidea, where possibly hundreds of new species await discovery. For other better studied groups such as Chrysididae, it is estimated that a large number of subspecies could be errected to species level, thus increasing the total number of valid taxa with about 50 species. In other groups it is also possible that the number of new synonyms will proove to be approximately equal to the number of newly described taxa, so that the total number of taxa will not become significantly higher.

Fig. 5

Figure 5.  

Spalangia sp. (Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae).

In addition, the number of taxonomists is continuously decreasing: unfortunatelly some excellent specialists are either deceased (Dr Till Osten and Dr Guido Nonveiller) or are retired and inactive (Table 2). If young taxonomists will not fill up these gaps, we will eventually end up not being able to identify most of the European biodiversity.

Table 2.

Fauna Europaea Hymenoptera Apocrita excluding Ichneumonoidea expertise network status and changes.

FAMILY NAME EXPERTS VERSIONS 1 & 2 (current) Comment
Ampulicidae, Crabronidae, Heterogynaidae, Sphecidae Yvan Barbier active
Tiphiidae Mario Boni Bartalucci active
Mutillidae Aleksandar Cetkovic & Guido Nonveiller


(Guido Nonveiller deceased)

Chalcididae, Encyrtidae, Eupelmidae, Leucospidae, Mymaridae, Mymarommatidae, Signiphoridae, Trichogrammatidae John Noyes (v.1), Lucian Fusu active
Sapygidae, Vespidae Josef Gusenleitner active
Torymidae John Noyes (v.1), Petr Jansta active
Diapriidae, Heloridae, Platygastridae, Proctotrupidae, Scelionidae, Vanhorniidae Norman Johnson active
Aulacidae, Evaniidae, Gasteruptiidae, Stephanidae, Trigonalyidae Michael Madl active
Agaonidae, Eucharitidae, Eulophidae, Eurytomidae, Ormyridae, Perilampidae, Pteromalidae, Tetracampidae John Noyes (v.1), Mircea-Dan Mitroiu active
Dryinidae, Embolemidae, Sclerogibbidae Massimo Olmi active

Till Osten (Ohl 2013)

Bradynobaenidae Guido Pagliano active
Aphelinidae, Apidae, Bethylidae, Ceraphronidae, Megaspilidae John Noyes (Aphelinidae in v.1), Andrew Polaszek active
Formicidae Alexander Radchenko active
Cynipidae, Figitidae, Ibaliidae Fredrik Ronquist, Mattias Forshage active
Chrysididae Oliver Niehuis (v.1), Paolo Rosa & Villu Soon active
Pompilidae Raymond Wahis active

Project description


This BDJ data paper includes the taxonomic indexing efforts in Fauna Europaea on European Hymenoptera - Apocrita covering the first two versions of Fauna Europaea worked on between 2000 and 2013 (up to version 2.6).


The taxonomic framework of Fauna Europaea includes partner institutes providing taxonomic expertise and information, and expert networks managing data collation.

Every taxonomic group is covered by at least one Group Coordinator responsible for the supervision and integrated input of taxonomic and distributional data of a particular group. For Hymenoptera - Apocrita the responsible Group Coordinators were John Noyes (version 1) and Mircea-Dan Mitroiu (version 2).

The Fauna Europaea checklist would not have reached its current level of completion without the input from several groups of specialists. The formal responsibility of collating and delivering the data of relevant families has resided with the Taxonomic Specialists (see Table 1), while Associate Specialists deserve credit for their important contributions at various levels, including particular geographic regions or (across) taxonomic groups.

Data management tasks are carried out by the Fauna Europaea project bureau. During the project phase (until 2004) a network of principal partners took responsability for various management tasks: Zoological Museum Amsterdam (general management & system development), Zoological Museum of Copenhagen (data collation), National Museum of Natural History in Paris (data validation) and Museum and Institute of Zoology in Warsaw (NAS extension). Once the formal end of the project ended (2004-2013) all tasks were were taken over by the Zoological Museum Amsterdam.

Study area description: 

The study area covers the European mainland (Western Palaearctic), including the Macaronesian islands, excluding the Caucasus, Turkey, Arabian Peninsula and Northern Africa.

Design description: 

Standards. Group coordinators and taxonomic specialists have to deliver the (sub)species names according to strict standards. The names provided by FaEu are scientific names. The taxonomic scope includes issues like (1) the definition of criteria used to identify the accepted species-group taxa, (2) the hierarchy (classification scheme) for the accommodation of the all accepted species, (3) relevant synonyms, and (4) the correct nomenclature. The Fauna Europaea 'Guidelines for Group Coordinators and Taxonomic Specialists', include the standards, protocols, scope, and limits that provide the instructions for all of the more than 400 specialists contributing to the project.

Data management. The data could either be entered offline into a preformatted MS-Excel worksheet or directly into the Fauna Europaea transaction database using an online browser interface (see Fig. 1). Since 2013 the data servers are hosted at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin (migrated from ZMA-UvA).

Data set. The Fauna Europaea basic data set consists of: accepted (sub)species names (including authorship), synonymous names (including authorship), taxonomic hierarchy / classification, misapplied names (including misspellings and alternative taxonomic views), homonym annotations, expert details, European distribution (at country level), Global distribution, taxonomic reference (optional), occurrence reference (optional).


Fauna Europaea was funded by the European Commission under the Fifth Framework Programme and contributed to the Support for Research Infrastructures work programme with Thematic Priority Biodiversity (EVR1-1999-20001) for a period of four years (1 March 2000 - 1 March 2004), including a short 'NAS extension', allowing EU candidate accession countries to participate. Follow-up support was given by the EC-FP5 EuroCAT project (EVR1-CT-2002-20011), by the EC-FP6 ENBI project (EVK2-CT-2002-20020), by the EC-FP6 EDIT project (GCE 018340), by the EC-FP7 PESI project (RI-223806) and by the EC-FP7 ViBRANT project (RI-261532). Continuing management and hosting of the Fauna Europaea services was supported by the University of Amsterdam (Zoological Museum Amsterdam) and SARA/Vancis. Recently the hosting of Fauna Europaea was taken over by the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, supported by the EC-FP7 EU BON project (grant agreement №308454).

For preparing the Hymenoptera - Apocrita (excluding Ichneumonoidea) data-paper additional support was received from a grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, CNCS–UEFISCDI, project number PN–II–RU–TE–2012–3–0057 to MDM.

Sampling methods


See spatial coverage and geographic coverage descriptions.

Sampling description: 

Fauna Europaea data have been assembled by principal taxonomic experts, based on their individual expertise, including literature study, collection research, and field observations. In total no fewer than 476 experts contributed taxonomic and/or faunistic information for Fauna Europaea. The vast majority of these experts are from Europe (including EU non-member states). As a unique feature, Fauna Europaea funds were set aside for paying/compensating for the work of taxonomic specialists and group coordinators (around five Euro per species).

To facilitate data transfer and data import, sophisticated on-line (web interfaces) and off-line (spreadsheets) data-entry routines have been built, well integrated within an underlying central Fauna Europaea transaction database (see Fig. 1). This includes advanced batch data import routines and utilities to display and monitor the data processing within the system. In retrospect, it seems that the off-line submission of data was probably the best for bulk import during the project phase, while the on-line tool was preferred to enter modifications in later versions. This system worked well until its replacement in 2013.

The Fauna Europaea index via the web-portal was firstly released on 27th September 2004, the most recent release (version 2.6.2) was launched on 29th August 2013. An overview of Fauna Europaea releases can be found here:

Fig. 6

Figure 6.  

Diplolepis sp. (Cynipoidea: Cynipidae) gall on Rosa.

Quality control: 

Fauna Europaea data are unique in the sense that they are fully expert-based. Selecting leading experts for all groups included a principal assurance of the systematic reliability and consistency of the Fauna Europaea data.

Further, all Fauna Europaea data sets are intensively reviewed at regional and thematic validation meetings, at review sessions on taxonomic symposia (for some groups), by Fauna Europaea Focal Points (during the FaEu-NAS and PESI projects) and by various end-users sending annotations using the web form on the web-portal. Additional validation on gaps and correct spelling was effected at the validation office in Paris.

Checks on technical and logical correctness of the data have been implemented in the data entry tools, including around 50 "Taxonomic Integrity Rules". This validation tool proved to be of huge value for both the experts and project management, and significantly contribute(d) to preparation of a remarkably clean and consistent data set. This thorough reviewing makes Fauna Europaea the most scrutinised data sets in its domain.

In conclusion (see above), recognised gaps in Hymeneoptera - Apocrita (excluding Ichneumonoidea) include: slow up-dating of data-sets (with both faunistic and taxonomic information) for several groups e.g. Apidae or Cynipoidea; and few faunistic data for some groups e.g. Chalcidoidea, Platygastroidea or Proctotrupoidea, especially in south-eastern European countries.

To optimise the use and implementation of a uniform and correct nomenclature, also following the global efforts on establishing a so-called 'Global Names Architecture' (Pyle and Michel 2008, Patterson et al. 2010), a cross-referencing of the Fauna Europaea Hymenoptera - Apocrita (excluding Ichneumonoidea) data-set with relevant nomenclators, including the Universal Chalcidoidea Database, is recommended as well as a connection with relevant name services (like Hymenoptera Name Server). In addition, a interlinkage with relevant Hymenoptera information services (like Hymenoptera Online, Atlas Hymenoptera, BWARS and HymIS), regional data portals (like Forum Entomologi Italiani and eBiodiversity) and databases dedicated to smaller groups (like, Bombus, Palaearctic Osmiine Bees and Checklist of the Western Palaearctic Bees) is proposed.

Fig. 7

Figure 7.

Hedychridium vachali Mercet, 1915 male from Spain (Chrysidoidea: Chrysididae). Author: Alexander Berg (courteously by

Step description: 

By evaluating team structure and life cycle procedures (data-entry, validation, updating, etc.), clear definitions of roles of users and user-groups, according to the taxonomic framework were established, including ownership and read and write privileges, and their changes during the project life-cycle. In addition, guidelines on common data exchange formats and codes have been issued (see also the 'Guidelines' document).

Geographic coverage


Species and subspecies distributions in Fauna Europaea are registered at least at country level, defined politically. For this purpose the FaEu geographical system basically follows the TDWG 2.0 standards. The covered area includes the European mainland (Western Palaearctic), plus the Macaronesian islands (excl. Cape Verde Islands), Cyprus, Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya. Western Kazakhstan and the Caucasus are excluded (see Fig. 3).

The focus is on species (or subspecies) of European multicellular animals of terrestrial and freshwater environments. Species in brackish waters, occupying the marine/freshwater or marine/terrestrial transition zones, are generally excluded.


Mediterranean (N 35°) and Arctic Islands (N 82°) Latitude; Atlantic Ocean (Mid-Atlantic Ridge) (W 30°) and Urals (E 60°) Longitude.

Taxonomic coverage


The Fauna Europaea database contains the scientific names of all living European land and freshwater animal species, including numerous infra-groups and synonyms. More details about the conceptual background of Fauna Europaea and standards followed are described in the project description papers (Jong et al. 2014).

This data paper covers the Hymenoptera - Apocrita (excluding Ichneumonoidea) content of Fauna Europaea, including 52 families, 13,211 species, 826 subspecies and 5,676 (sub)species synonyms (see Fig. 2). Higher ranks are given below, the species list can be downloaded from the Fauna Europaea portal (see: Data resources).

The classification used in the Fauna Europaea database and consequently in this data-paper follows the opinions of the experts listed above. Readers should be aware that other classifications may exist. For example, regarding the Apidae, some specialists prefer to use several families instead of one (i.e. Andrenidae, Apidae, Colletidae, Halictidae, Megachilidae and Melittidae) (e.g. Patiny et al. 2009).

Taxa included:
Rank Scientific Name
kingdom Animalia
subkingdom Eumetazoa
phylum Arthropoda
subphylum Hexapoda
class Insecta
order Hymenoptera
suborder Apocrita
superfamily Apoidea
family Ampulicidae
tribe Ampulicini
tribe Dolichurini
family Apidae
family Crabronidae
subfamily Astatinae
subfamily Bembicinae
tribe Alyssontini
tribe Bembicini
tribe Nyssonini
subfamily Crabroninae
tribe Crabronini
tribe Larrini
tribe Miscophini
tribe Oxybelini
tribe Palarini
tribe Trypoxylini
subfamily Dinetinae
subfamily Mellininae
subfamily Pemphredoninae
tribe Entomosericini
tribe Pemphredonini
tribe Psenini
subfamily Philanthinae
tribe Cercerini
tribe Philanthini
tribe Pseudoscoliini
family Heterogynaidae
family Sphecidae
tribe Ammophilini
tribe Sceliphrini
tribe Sphecini
superfamily Ceraphronoidea
family Ceraphronidae
family Megaspilidae
superfamily Chalcidoidea
family Agaonidae
subfamily Agaoninae
subfamily Epichrysomallinae
subfamily Sycoryctinae
family Aphelinidae
subfamily Aphelininae
subfamily Azotinae
subfamily Calesinae
subfamily Coccophaginae
subfamily Eretmocerinae
subfamily Eriaporinae
family Chalcididae
subfamily Chalcidinae
subfamily Dirhininae
subfamily Epitraninae
subfamily Haltichellinae
family Encyrtidae
subfamily Encyrtinae
subfamily Tetracneminae
family Eucharitidae
subfamily Eucharitinae
family Eulophidae
subfamily Entedoninae
subfamily Euderinae
subfamily Eulophinae
subfamily Tetrastichinae
family Eupelmidae
subfamily Calosotinae
subfamily Eupelminae
subfamily Neanastatinae
family Eurytomidae
subfamily Eurytominae
subfamily Rileyinae
family Leucospidae
family Mymaridae
family Ormyridae
family Perilampidae
subfamily Chrysolampinae
subfamily Perilampinae
subfamily Philomidinae
family Pteromalidae
subfamily Asaphinae
subfamily Ceinae
subfamily Cerocephalinae
subfamily Cleonyminae
subfamily Colotrechninae
subfamily Cratominae
subfamily Diparinae
subfamily Eunotinae
subfamily Herbertiinae
subfamily Macromesinae
subfamily Miscogasterinae
subfamily Neodiparinae
subfamily Ormocerinae
subfamily Panstenoninae
subfamily Pireninae
subfamily Pteromalinae
subfamily Spalangiinae
family Signiphoridae
family Tetracampidae
subfamily Platynocheilinae
subfamily Tetracampinae
family Torymidae
subfamily Megastigminae
subfamily Toryminae
family Trichogrammatidae
superfamily Chrysidoidea
family Bethylidae
family Chrysididae
subfamily Chrysidinae
tribe Chrysidini
tribe Elampini
tribe Parnopini
subfamily Cleptinae
family Dryinidae
family Embolemidae
family Sclerogibbidae
superfamily Cynipoidea
family Cynipidae
tribe Aylacini
tribe Cynipini
tribe Diplolepidini
tribe Pediaspini
tribe Synergini
family Figitidae
subfamily Anacharitinae
subfamily Aspicerinae
subfamily Charipinae
tribe Alloxystini
tribe Charipini
subfamily Eucoilinae
subfamily Figitinae
subfamily Parnipinae
family Ibaliidae
superfamily Evanioidea
family Aulacidae
family Evaniidae
family Gasteruptiidae
subfamily Gasteruptiinae
superfamily Mymarommatoidea
family Mymarommatidae
superfamily Platygastroidea
family Platygastridae
family Scelionidae
superfamily Proctotrupoidea
family Diapriidae
family Heloridae
family Proctotrupidae
family Vanhorniidae
superfamily Stephanoidea
family Stephanidae
subfamily Stephaninae
superfamily Trigonaloidea
family Trigonalidae
subfamily Trigonalyinae
superfamily Vespoidea
family Bradynobaenidae
family Formicidae
subfamily Aenictinae
subfamily Dolichoderinae
subfamily Dorylinae
subfamily Formicinae
subfamily Leptanillinae
subfamily Myrmicinae
subfamily Ponerinae
family Mutillidae
subfamily Mutillinae
subfamily Myrmillinae
subfamily Myrmosinae
subfamily Pseudophotopsidinae
subfamily Sphaeropthalminae
subfamily Ticoplinae
family Pompilidae
subfamily Ceropalinae
subfamily Pepsinae
tribe Ageniellini
tribe Pepsini
subfamily Pompilinae
tribe Aporini
tribe Homonotini
tribe Pompilini
tribe Psammoderini
family Sapygidae
family Scoliidae
subfamily Proscoliinae
subfamily Scoliinae
tribe Campsomerini
tribe Scoliini
family Tiphiidae
subfamily Methochinae
subfamily Myzininae
subfamily Tiphiinae
family Vespidae
subfamily Eumeninae
subfamily Masarinae
subfamily Vespinae

Temporal coverage

Living time period: 
Currently living (extant).

Currently living animals in stable populations, largely excluding (1) rare / irregular immigrants, intruder or invader species, (2) accidental or deliberate releases of exotic (pet)species, (3) domesticated animals, (4) foreign species imported and released for bio-control or (5) foreign species largely confined to hothouses.

Usage rights

Use license: 
Open Data Commons Attribution License
IP rights notes: 

Fauna Europaea data are licensed under CC BY SA version 4.0. The property rights of experts over their data is covered under the SMEBD conditions. For more IPR details see:

Data resources

Data package title: 
Fauna Europaea - Hymenoptera - Apocrita
Alternative identifiers: 
Number of data sets: 
Data set name: 
Fauna Europaea - Hymenoptera - Apocrita version 2.6.2 - species
Character set: 
Data format: 
Column label Column description
datasetName The name identifying the data set from which the record was derived (
version Release version of data set.
versionIssued Issue data of data set version.
rights Information about rights held in and over the resource (
rightsHolder A person or organization owning or managing rights over the resource (
accessRights Information about who can access the resource or an indication of its security status (
taxonID An identifier for the set of taxon information (
parentNameUsageID An identifier for the name usage of the direct parent taxon (in a classification) of the most specific element of the scientificName (
scientificName The full scientific name, with authorship and date information if known (
acceptedNameUsage The full name, with authorship and date information if known, of the currently valid (zoological) taxon (
originalNameUsage The original combination (genus and species group names), as firstly established under the rules of the associated nomenclaturalCode (
family The full scientific name of the family in which the taxon is classified (
familyNameId An identifier for the family name.
genus The full scientific name of the genus in which the taxon is classified (
subgenus The full scientific name of the subgenus in which the taxon is classified. Values include the genus to avoid homonym confusion (
specificEpithet The name of the first or species epithet of the scientificName (
infraspecificEpithet The name of the lowest or terminal infraspecific epithet of the scientificName, excluding any rank designation (
taxonRank The taxonomic rank of the most specific name in the scientificName (
scientificNameAuthorship The authorship information for the scientificName formatted according to the conventions of the applicable nomenclaturalCode (
authorName Author name information
namePublishedInYear The four-digit year in which the scientificName was published (
Brackets Annotation if authorship should be put between parentheses.
nomenclaturalCode The nomenclatural code under which the scientificName is constructed (
taxonomicStatus The status of the use of the scientificName as a label for a taxon (
resourceDescription An account of the resource, including a data-paper DOI (
Data set name: 
Fauna Europaea - Hymenoptera - Apocrita version 2.6.2 - hierarchy
Character set: 
Data format: 
Column label Column description
datasetName The name identifying the data set from which the record was derived (
version Release version of data set.
versionIssued Issue data of data set version.
rights Information about rights held in and over the resource (
rightsHolder A person or organization owning or managing rights over the resource (
accessRights Information about who can access the resource or an indication of its security status (
taxonName The full scientific name of the higher-level taxon
scientificNameAuthorship The authorship information for the scientificName formatted according to the conventions of the applicable nomenclaturalCode (
taxonRank The taxonomic rank of the most specific name in the scientificName (
taxonID An identifier for the set of taxon information (
parentNameUsageID An identifier for the name usage of the direct parent taxon (in a classification) of the most specific element of the scientificName (
resourceDescription An account of the resource, including a data-paper DOI (


All taxonomic experts and associated specialists for this group, past and present, are acknowledged for their great contribution to the development of the database. The first author would like to thank Dr John Noyes for his excellent work as former group coordinator of ‘Hymenoptera - Apocrita excluding Ichneumonoidea’.

Author contributions

All of the authors of this paper have contributed to the datasets for the Hymenoptera - Apocrita (excluding Ichneumonoidea) part of the Fauna Europaea database. Yde de Jong and Mircea-Dan Mitroiu presented these data in the current form.


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