Last larval instar and mature oocytes of the Old World cleptoparasitic bee Stelis murina, including a review of Stelis biology (Apoidea, Megachilidae, Megachilinae, Anthidiini). (American Museum novitates, no. 3666)

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dc.contributor.author Rozen, Jerome George, 1928-
dc.contributor.author Kamel, Soliman M.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-10T17:31:12Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-10T17:31:12Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/6025
dc.description 19 p. : ill., 1 map ; 26 cm. "November 30, 2009." Includes bibliographical references (p. 18-19). en
dc.description.abstract Herein we describe the mature oocyte and last larval instar of Stelis ‪(‬Stelis‪)‬ murina Pérez, a cleptoparasite associated with Osmia ‪(‬Pyrosmia‪)‬ submicans Morawitz near Ismailia, Egypt. The mature oocyte is compared with that of Stelis ‪(‬Stelis‪)‬ elongativentris Parker and found to be approximately equal in size. The mature oocyte of S. murina is also very close in size to that of its host, an unusual phenomenon in host-cleptoparasite relationships in bees. A review and analysis based on literature accounts of what is known about the mode of cleptoparasitism of Stelis is offered. Added are observations on the biology of Stelis murina resulting from our fieldwork. The mature larva of Stelis murina is described and found similar but not identical to those of other known Stelis larvae. We also include a preliminary key to the genera of cleptoparasitic megachilids based on known mature larvae and also a summary describing the modes of cleptoparasitism by these taxa. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates, no. 3666. en
dc.subject Stelis murina. en
dc.subject Osmia submicans. en
dc.subject Bees. en
dc.subject Egypt. en
dc.subject Ismailia (Province) en
dc.subject Host-parasite relationships. en
dc.title Last larval instar and mature oocytes of the Old World cleptoparasitic bee Stelis murina, including a review of Stelis biology (Apoidea, Megachilidae, Megachilinae, Anthidiini). (American Museum novitates, no. 3666) en
dc.title.alternative Old World cleptoparasitic bee Stelis murina. en

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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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