Tryphon (wasp)

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Tryphon (wasp)
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Tryphon rutilator
Scientific classification

Fallén, 1813

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Tryphon is a genus of wasps belonging to the family Ichneumonidae. [1]



Species within this genus include: [2]

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Tryphon was a Greek grammarian.

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