Colletes jovel Kuhlmann & Proshchalykin

Kuhlmann, Michael & Proshchalykin, Maxim Yu., 2016, The bees of the genus Colletes Latreille (Hymenoptera: Colletidae) of the Caucasus region, Zootaxa 4161 (3), pp. 367-385: 372

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Colletes jovel Kuhlmann & Proshchalykin

sp. nov.

Colletes jovel Kuhlmann & Proshchalykin   , sp. nov.

( Figs 2 View FIGURE 2 a–d)

Diagnosis. The female of C. jovel   is very characteristic. Its large body size (13 mm) in combination with the fine, very dense punctation and pilosity pattern of metasomal terga ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 d) is unique among species of the C. squamosus   -group. In C. jovel   the glabrous part of T1 is about as broad as the apical tergal hair band. In most other species of this group that are of similar size, T1 is either completely covered with short appressed hairs ( C. comatoides Kuhlmann & Proshchalykin   , C. comatus Noskiewicz   , C. sellatus Morawitz   ) or the glabrous part is much narrower than the apical tergal hair band ( C. rubellus Noskiewicz   , C. rubripes Noskiewicz   , C. skorikowi Noskiewicz   ). In C. squamulosus Noskiewicz   the glabrous area is much more extensive but the apical tergal hair bands consist of conspicuous very short, scale-like hairs (much longer and more slender in C. jovel   ).

Description. Female. Bl: 13.0 mm. Head wider than long. Integument black mandible mostly dark reddishbrown. Face except clypeus densely covered with long, yellowish-white, erect hairs, on vertex light brown ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 b). Clypeus almost flat, with shallow longitudinal median depression, supraclypeal area rectangular and convex in profile. Clypeus relatively finely and very densely punctate (i <0.5d), particularly in the median depression, subapically slightly coarser and sparser punctate; surface between punctures smooth and shiny, small pair of apical clypeal depressions ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 b). Malar area medially very narrow, about 1/5 as long as width of mandible base, finely striate. Antenna black, scape and flagellum ventrally reddish-brown ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 b). Mesosoma. Integument black. Disc of scutum densely punctate (i = 0.5d), smooth and shiny between punctures. Scutellum anteriomedially impunctate, smooth and shiny; apically densely punctate ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 c). Scutum, mesepisternum and propodeum densely covered with short light yellowish-white, erect, plumose hairs ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 a, c). Wings. Slightly yellowish; wing venation dark brown. Legs. Integument reddish-brown. Vestiture whitish to yellowish-white, scopa yellowish-white ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 a). Metasoma. Integument black to dark reddish-brown, depressed apical tergal margins reddish to yellowish translucent ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 d). T1 on basal half densely covered with short appressed, yellowish-white hairs, apical half of disc glabrous, apical tergal hair band broad, medially slightly extended; T2 with broad basal hair band, glabrous disc about 2/3 as broad as the very broad apical tergal hair band; T3–T5 with broad apical tergal hair bands; terga apically very slightly depressed ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 d). Terga very densely and finely punctate (i <0.5d), between punctures smooth and shiny ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 d). Apical sternal hair bands broad.

Male. Unknown.

Type material (1 specimen). Holotype, female, Azerbaijan: 25–35 km E Nakhichevan [45°42´E 39°11´N], 7– 17.VII.1982, Yu. Pesenko ( ZISP). GoogleMaps  

Etymology. The name refers to the beauty of this species. In Masematte “ jovel   ” means “beautiful” or “good” and is here used as a noun in apposition. Masematte is a regional sociolect or social dialect that was exclusively used in the poorer urban quarters of the city of Münster (NW Germany). It belongs to Rotwelsch which is a secret language of thieves, beggars and hustlers (Thieves´cant or Rogues´cant) primarily spoken in parts of Germany and Switzerland.

General distribution. Only known from the type locality in Azerbaijan.

Floral hosts. Unknown.


Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences