Trichocolletes dundasensis, Batley, 2012

Batley, Michael, 2012, Revision of the Australian Bee Genus Trichocolletes Cockerell (Hymenoptera: Colletidae: Paracolletini), Records of the Australian Museum (Rec. Aust. Mus.) 64 (1), pp. 1-50: 18

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Trichocolletes dundasensis


Trichocolletes dundasensis   n.sp.

Fig. 92 View Figs 92–103

Type. Holotype ♀, 5.5–6.5 km SW McDermid Rock , Western Australia (32.02°S 120.73°E), 27 Sep. to 3 Oct. 1978, T. F. Houston, on flowers of Daviesia aphylla   , in WAM 13608 View Materials . GoogleMaps  

Specimens examined. The holotype and the following. Western Australia: 2♀, same data as holotype, WAM (13611,12) GoogleMaps   ; ♀, Kanowna , 21 Aug. 1974, A. M. & M. J. Douglas, on Mesembrion, WAM (13892)   ; ♀, 16 km S Norseman (32.3403°S 121.7575°E), 7 Oct. 2009, M. Batley, ex Daviesia benthamii, AM   (K.344672) GoogleMaps   ; ♀, North Tarin Rock Reserve (32.98°S 118.23°E), 16–18 Oct. 1985, T GoogleMaps   . F. Houston , on flowers of Gastrolobium   sp., WAM (13899)   ; ♀, Torndirrup (35.10°S 117.92°E), 25 May–1 Nov. 1983, P. H. Dyer & J. Lyon, WAM (13980) GoogleMaps   ; 2♀, Tutanning Reserve 18–25 km E Pingelly, 30 Oct.–3 Nov. 1980, T   . F. Houston, on flowers of Daviesiaa brevifolia, WAM   (13897–98).


Female (male unknown) eyes hairy; clypeus flattened; metasomal bands narrow, silver; supraclypeal area broad; lateral epistomal suture straight.


Female (holotype).— Head width 4.20 mm, body length 12.1 mm. HW 50, HL 36, UID 29, UFW 32, LID 31, DMA 31, HVO 5, WOC 13, MOD 3, OOD 8, IAD 8, ASD 4, AOD 9, ML 19, BMW 7, MSL 2.0, SL 14, SW 3, FL c. 33.— Eyes hairy; face wider than long; length malar space c. 0.25× basal mandibular width; clypeus protuberant, sagittally flattened or slightly depressed; basal suture shallow V-shape; basal width clypeus>2× length subantennal suture; supraclypeal area viewed laterally at distinct angle to base clypeus; epistomal suture between base of clypeus and base of mandible straight; distance from anterior tentorial pit to base of mandible 2× distance from pit to base clypeus; frontal carina ends in small tubercle on supraclypeal area; middle flagellomeres c. 1.2× as long as wide; inner hind tibial spur with c. 7 teeth; tarsal claws simple; pygidial plate entire, flat medially.— Labrum, rim of clypeus, distal ends of femora and anterior surface of fore tibia orange-brown. T 1–4 with narrow silver bands.— Clypeus weakly reticulate with large punctures, dense medially, close laterally; scutum   with dull sheen, strongly pit-reticulate with close, small punctures.— Face with pale orange-brown hair, darker near ocelli, sparse on clypeus and supraclypeal area, dense elsewhere. Scutum   with close, plumose, orange-brown hair with dark tips; prepygidial fimbria dark brown or black.

Remarks. Similar to T. capillosus   n.sp. from which it differs by the width of the supraclypeal area and to T. leucogenys   n.sp. (see below).

Etymology. The specific name is a Latin adjective meaning from Dundas, an abandoned gold-mining town near one of the collection sites.

Distribution. Southwestern Australia (AW, COO, MAL, MUR) ( Fig. 92 View Figs 92–103 ).


Tavera, Department of Geology and Geophysics


Western Australian Museum


University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Department of Biology


Musee de Lectoure