Kikiki

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Kikiki
Kikiki huna3.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Mymaridae
Genus: Kikiki
Huber & Beardsley, 2000
Species: K. huna
Binomial name
Kikiki huna
Huber, 2000

Kikiki is a genus of fairyfly wasps containing a single species, Kikiki huna, known from Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Trinidad. At 0.15 mm (0.0059 in) (150 micrometers), it is the smallest known flying insect. It is a close relative of wasps in the genus Tinkerbella.[1][2] It was discovered by entomologist John S. Noyes after he swept a mesh net through vegetation at Costa Rica's La Selva Biological Station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huber, John T.; Noyes, John S. (2013). "A new genus and species of fairyfly, Tinkerbella nana (Hymenoptera, Mymaridae), with comments on its sister genus Kikiki, and discussion on small size limits in arthropods". Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 32: 17–44. doi:10.3897/jhr.32.4663. 
  2. ^ Huber, John T.; Beardsley, John W. (2000). "A New Genus of Fairyfly, Kikiki, from the Hawaiian Islands (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae)" (PDF). Proc. Hawaiian Entomol. Soc. 34: 65–70.