Anthidiellum africanum Kasparek, 2023

Kasparek, Max, Wood, Thomas, Ferreira, Sónia & Benarfa, Noudjoud, 2023, Taxonomic status of the disjunct populations of the resin bee Anthidiellum breviusculum (Pérez, 1890) s. l. in the Mediterranean (Apoidea: Anthidiini), Journal of Natural History 56 (45 - 48), pp. 2047-2063 : 2049-2054

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Anthidiellum africanum Kasparek

sp. nov.

Anthidiellum africanum Kasparek sp. nov.

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Type material

Holotype. Female. ALGERIA: Tébessa: Hammamet (35.42°N, 07.96°E), 865 m, 25 June 2021, R. Abdelkarim leg. (nou047; CMK). GoogleMaps

Paratypes. 3♀, same data as holotype (nou045, nou050, nou058; CMK) GoogleMaps . 25♀, same location as holotype, 18 June – 02 July 2022, B GoogleMaps . Noudjoud leg GoogleMaps ., S/ Marrubium vulgare (nou123–134, 136–142, 144–149). – TUNISIA: 2♀, Fernana , 18 July 1979, J . Schmidt leg . (ms7714, ms7716; CMK). – 1♀, Ain Draham , 1 km S Kroumirie, 23 June 1994, M . Hauser leg . (mh100; CMK).

Other material examined

ALGERIA: 1♀, Tébessa: El Kouif (35°30 ʹ N, 08°17 ʹ E), 940 m, 11 July 2020, R GoogleMaps . Abdelkarim leg. (nou054; CMK). – 2♀, same location as holotype, 30 GoogleMaps .vi., 02 July 2022, B . Noudjoud leg GoogleMaps ., S/ Marrubium vulgare (nou135, 143). – MOROCCO: 1♀, High Atlas: Taddert , 16 June 2000, Brandl leg . (awe031) . – 1♂, Mischliffen [Michlifen] nr. Ifrane , 1900 m, 17 July 1975, A . W . Ebmer leg. (awe030). – 1♂, Ouzoud 2.5 km NE (32°01 ʹ 27″N, 6°41 ʹ 39″ W), 949 m, 07 May 2015, V GoogleMaps . Soon leg. (tuz020).

Literature data

MOROCCO: Record listed by GBIF, see under ‘material ̍. – TUNISIA: Hammam-Lif ( Warncke 1980) . – Jendouba, 25 km S (36.299°N, 8.751°E), 19 GoogleMaps .vii GoogleMaps .1979 ( GBIF).


The female is characterised by a combination of the absence of apically hooked bristles on the labial palpi, rich yellow maculations on the integument, and fine punctation of the clypeus and the terga. The male is characterised by a combination of rich yellow maculations on the integument and fine punctation of the clypeus and terga. A detailed comparison of the new taxon with its closest congeners is given in Tables 2 View Table 2 and 3.

Description/variation (female) ( Table 2 View Table 2 )

6–7 mm. Head: Finely punctured, clypeus yellow with dentate, black apical margin; lower paraocular area with yellow maculation reaching beyond antennal sockets; mandible brown with light brown base; three shallow teeth and one strong apical tooth; punctation on supraclypeal area finer than on clypeus; yellow, 3–4 antennal diameters wide preoccipital band present, reaching middle of compound eye, and sometimes continued as reddish-brown extension to malar area; punctation of head fine; labial palpi with long, apically hooked bristles. – Mesosoma: Black , rarely with anterolateral yellow band or remnants of it; scutellum black at base, yellow posteriorly; posterolateral margin semitransparent; axillae yellow. – Metasoma: Terga with fine, dense punctation; yellow bands on T1–T2 broadly interrupted in the middle, T3–T3 interrupted in the middle with a narrow gap; T6 black, sometimes with a yellow spot on each side; scopa yellow.

Description/variation (male) ( Table 3)

6–7 mm. Head: Clypeus yellow with light brown apical margin; punctation fine; mandible yellow with three black teeth; lower paraocular area with yellow maculation reaching beyond antennal sockets; supraclypeal area black or black with lower half yellow; preoccipital band 2–3 antennal diameters wide, reaching upper part of compound eye. – Mesosoma: Scutum black with L-shaped anterolateral yellow band; scutellum as in female; posterior part of axillae yellow. – Metasoma: Punctation fine, shining; yellow bands on T1– T2 widely interrupted in the middle; bands on T3–T6 interrupted, lateral bands contiguous or sub-contiguous medially.


The epithet indicates that it occurs in Africa. No other species of the breviusculum group is known from Africa.


The flight period extends from May to July. Only two males were collected, as compared to 36 females.

Distribution ( Figure 6 View Figure 6 )

North-western Africa. The species is found in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.


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