Colletes pseudomirabilis Kuhlmann & Proshchalykin

Kuhlmann, Michael & Proshchalykin, Maxim Yu., 2014, New and little known bees of the genus Colletes Latreille 1802 (Hymenoptera: Colletidae) from Central Asia, Zootaxa 3846 (4), pp. 591-596: 594-595

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Colletes pseudomirabilis Kuhlmann & Proshchalykin

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Colletes pseudomirabilis Kuhlmann & Proshchalykin  sp. nov.

( Figs 1View FIGURE 1 a –d)

Diagnosis. Colletes pseudomirabilis  cannot be assigned to any of the Colletes  species-groups. Due the abundant white pilosity C. pseudomirabilis  reminds of a species of the C. squamosus  -group but the distinct dorsal incision of the male gonocoxite (secondarily fused in all species of the species-groups of C. nigricans  , C. carinatus  , C. hylaeiformis  , C. caspicus  and C. squamosus  ) clearly contradicts this assumption. Pilosity and punctation of abdominal terga and the elongate malar area are distantly similar to the C. flavicornis  -group but the shape of S 7 does not fit here. The closest relative seems to be the recently described and morphologically isolated C. mirabilis  as both share the principle shape of S 7, gonostylus, slightly emarginate T 7 and the densely, finely but distinctly punctate terga. The male of C. pseudomirabilis  can easily be recognized by the characteristic shape of S 7 ( Fig. 1View FIGURE 1 d) in combination with the pilosity and punctation of T 1–2 ( Fig. 1View FIGURE 1 b).


Female. Unknown.

Male. Bl = 9.0 mm. Head. Head slightly wider than long. Integument black except part of mandible dark reddish-brown. Face densely covered with long, white, erect hairs. Malar area medially about 2 / 3 as long as width of mandible base, finely striate. Antenna black, ventrally yellowish-brown. Mesosoma. Integument black. Mesoscutal disc between punctures smooth and shiny; disc very sparsely punctate (i> 5 d) with small punctures. Scutellum anteriorly impunctate but with dense punctation apically, surface smooth and shiny. Mesoscutum, scutellum, metanotum, mesepisternum and propodeum covered with long, white erect hairs ( Fig. 1View FIGURE 1 a). Wings. Hyaline; wing venation yellowish-brown. Legs. Integument dark reddish-brown. Vestiture white. Metasoma. Integument black except depressed apical tergal margins yellowish translucent ( Fig. 1View FIGURE 1 b). T 1 on its anterior 2 / 3 densely covered with white short, appressed hairs and entire T 1 sparsely beset with much longer erect hairs; T 2 with broad basal hair band; discs of T 2–4 covered with very fine and short erect greyish hairs that are hardly visible but make the discs appear slightly greyish while the sculpture of the terga is still visible; apical tergal hair bands broad ( Fig. 1View FIGURE 1 b). T 1 apically distinctly depressed, following terga less so. T 1 with very dense and fine punctation (i <0.5d), between punctures smooth and shiny; punctation on following terga successively finer and indistinct ( Fig. 1View FIGURE 1 b); T 7 apically slightly emarginate. Terminalia. Genitalia and S 7 as illustrated ( Figs. 1View FIGURE 1 c –d).

Type material (1 specimen). Holotype, male, Turkmenistan: Badkhyzskii Nature Reserve, Eroilanduz Lake [61 º 50 'E 35 º 40 'N], 8.V. 1990, S. Belokobylskij ( ZISP).

Etymology. The species name highlights the morphological similarity with C. mirabilis  .

General distribution. Only known for the type locality in Turkmenistan.

Floral hosts. Unknown.


Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences