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Four new species of Isepeolini (Hymenoptera; Apidae) from northern Chile

Authors
  • Packer, Laurence1
  • Graham, Liam1
  • 1 York University, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3, Canada , Toronto (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMC Zoology
Publisher
BioMed Central
Publication Date
Mar 17, 2020
Volume
5
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s40850-020-00052-8
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

BackgroundCleptoparasitic bees are less commonly collected than their hosts and often more difficult to identify and additional descriptions and treatment of diagnostic characteristics are needed.ResultsFour new species of Isepeolini are described from northern Chile: Isepeolus mankalunthata Packer & Graham, new species; Melectoides licancabur Packer & Graham, new species, M. desiccata Packer & Graham new species and M. glaucodontus Packer & Graham new species. Putative host information is provided where possible, comments on the habitats of these bees are made and additional records of the tribe from Chile are listed.ConclusionUsing traps left out for weeks to months in areas where bees are sparse is proving a useful technique to catch rare and undescribed species.

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