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A new genus of Eastern Hemisphere stingless bees (Hymenoptera, Apidae), with a key to the supraspecific groups of Indomalayan and Australasian Meliponini. (American Museum novitates, no. 3888)

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dc.contributor.author Rasmussen, Claus, 1972-
dc.contributor.author Thomas, Jennifer C.
dc.contributor.author Engel, Michael S.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-15T16:40:10Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-15T16:40:10Z
dc.date.issued 2017-12-14
dc.identifier.uri http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle/2246/6817
dc.description 33 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract A new genus of stingless bees (Apinae: Meliponini) is described and figured from Indonesia (Sulawesi), known from a single species previously placed in Geniotrigona Moure. Based on recent phylogenetic studies, Trigona (Geniotrigona) incisa Sakagami and Inoue renders Geniotrigona polyphyletic and is more closely related to Lepidotrigona Moure. The species is transferred to Wallacetrigona Engel and Rasmussen, new genus, and differentiated from Geniotrigona proper as well as all other meliponines occurring in Sundaland, Wallacea, and Sahul (Australinea). The new genus occurs east of the Wallace Line and separate from the distribution of Geniotrigona, which is otherwise restricted to Sundaland, but Wallacetrigona is presently not known beyond the Weber Line. A hierarchical classification of Indomalayan and Australasian stingless bees is tabulated and a revised key to the genera and subgenera provided, as well as an appendix tabulating the species and synonyms. The following new combinations are established: Wallacetrigona incisa (Sakagami and Inoue), Homotrigona (Lophotrigona) canifrons (Smith), Homotrigona (Odontotrigona) haematoptera (Cockerell), Homotrigona (Tetrigona) apicalis (Smith), H. (T.) binghami (Schwarz), H. (T.) melanoleuca (Cockerell), H. (T.) peninsularis (Cockerell), and H. (T.) vidua (Lepeletier de Saint Fargeau). en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Museum of Natural History. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates;no.3888.
dc.subject Wallacetrigona. en_US
dc.subject Stingless bees. en_US
dc.subject Apidae. en_US
dc.subject Bees. en_US
dc.subject Sulawesi (Indonesia) en_US
dc.subject Indonesia. en_US
dc.subject Southeast Asia. en_US
dc.subject Australasia. en_US
dc.title A new genus of Eastern Hemisphere stingless bees (Hymenoptera, Apidae), with a key to the supraspecific groups of Indomalayan and Australasian Meliponini. (American Museum novitates, no. 3888) en_US
dc.title.alternative New genus of Meliponini. en_US


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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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