Epeolus Latreille, 1802

Onuferko, Thomas M., 2019, A review of the cleptoparasitic bee genus Epeolus Latreille, 1802 (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, European Journal of Taxonomy 563, pp. 1-69 : 6

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2019.563

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lsid:zoobank.org:pub:6F6E082D-0675-49C1-A603-F7BABB546C46

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3477517

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scientific name

Epeolus Latreille, 1802
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Genus Epeolus Latreille, 1802

Diagnosis for the ‘ Trophocleptria group’ within Epeolus

Members of the presumably monophyletic ‘ Trophocleptria group’ within Epeolus share the following diagnostic features: 1) the penis lacks the pair of divergent, fleshy lateral lobes present in at least all other New World male Epeolus ( Fig. 1 View Fig ) (such lobes are also absent in all other Epeolini genera); 2) in both sexes, the pronotal collar is relatively straight (as opposed to convex) along its anterior margin, and is in most species distinctly elongate (medial length ~1 MOD) ( Fig. 2 View Fig ); 3) the mesoscutellum (except in E. pulchellus ) is depressed along its posterior margin beneath a distinct overhanging ridge, which in several species is produced to two posteriorly directed teeth ( Fig. 3 View Fig ); and 4) there is a pair of sparsely punctate to impunctate protrusions on the frontal area, each of which is located near the upper mesal margin of the compound eye ( Fig. 4A View Fig ), although these are greatly reduced/inconspicuous in several species ( Fig. 4B View Fig ) (such protrusions are absent in other Epeolus ). Furthermore, each mesopleuron (except in E. fumipennis ) has a carina delineating its anterior and lateral surfaces, whereas in other New World Epeolus spp. the anterior and lateral surfaces of each mesopleuron are not clearly differentiated from one another ( Fig. 5 View Fig ).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Apidae