Megachile (Pseudomegachile) riyadhensis Alqarni, Hannan, Gonzalez & Engel 2012

Dorchin, Achik & Praz, Christophe J., 2018, Taxonomic revision of the Western Palaearctic bees of the subgenus Pseudomegachile (Hymenoptera, Apiformes, Megachilidae, Megachile), Zootaxa 4524 (3), pp. 251-307: 281

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4524.3.1

publication LSID

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persistent identifier

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scientific name

Megachile (Pseudomegachile) riyadhensis Alqarni, Hannan, Gonzalez & Engel 2012
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Megachile (Pseudomegachile) riyadhensis Alqarni, Hannan, Gonzalez & Engel 2012 

Chalicodoma (Pseudomegachile) riyadhense Alqarni, Hannan, Gonzalez & Engel 2012: 73  , ♀ ♂, “ Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Al Amariah, Majra Al-Gasim ”. Holotype ♀, KSMA, paratypes ♀ ♂, KSMA and SEMC.

Distribution: Saudi Arabia, Israel.

Note: M. riyadhensis  is likely conspecific with M. rhodoleucura Cockerell 1937  , described from Zimbabwe ( Praz 2017). The female holotype of M. rhodoleucura  is sculpturally identical with Megachile riyadhensis ( Alqarni, Hannan, Gonzalez and Engel, 2012)  and differs from that species only in the coloration of the metasomal vestiture (it is fulvous in M. rhodoleucura  and snow white in M. riyadhensis  ). We follow Praz (2017) in refraining from putting M. riyadhensis  in synonymy with M. rhodoleucura  until the male of the latter is known.

Pollen hosts: Specimens were collected on Blepharis ( Acanthaceae  ) in Saudi Arabia ( Alqarni et al. 2012) and on Vitex  ( Verbenaceae  ) in Israel (A. Dorchin, pers. obs).

Nesting biology: unknown.

Material examined: ISRAEL AND PALESTINE: 1km S Almog 31°46’47’’N / 35°27’32’’E, - 280m, 0 4.05.2012, A. Dorchin leg.GoogleMaps 

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Megachilidae

Genus

Megachile

Loc

Megachile (Pseudomegachile) riyadhensis Alqarni, Hannan, Gonzalez & Engel 2012

Dorchin, Achik & Praz, Christophe J. 2018

2018
Loc

Chalicodoma (Pseudomegachile) riyadhense

Alqarni, A. S. & Hannan, M. A. & Gonzalez, V. H. & Engel, M. S. 2012: 73