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South American leaf-cutter bees (genus Megachile) of the subgenera Rhyssomegachile and Zonomegachile, with two new subgenera (Hymenoptera, Megachilidae). (Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, no. 425)

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dc.contributor.author González, Víctor H.
dc.contributor.author Griswold, Terry L.
dc.contributor.author Engel, Michael S.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-02T14:05:22Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-02T14:05:22Z
dc.date.issued 2018-11-02
dc.identifier.uri http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle/2246/6915
dc.description 73 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract Leaf-cutter bees (genus Megachile Latreille) are among the most common and diverse group of bees. However, the identity and taxonomic placement of many species are problematic and species identification is often difficult. Some species are known only from a single specimen or from one of the sexes, and identification keys are not available for many groups. We address these taxonomic issues for the subgenera Rhyssomegachile Mitchell and Zonomegachile Mitchell, two poorly known South American lineages of leaf-cutter bees. We provide comparative diagnoses, redescriptions, illustrated identification keys, new geographical records, and designate needed neotypes for Megachile cara Mitchell, M. gigas Schrottky, M. guayaqui Schrottky, M. reliqua Mitchell, M. sanctipauli Schrottky, M. stabilis Mitchell, and M. turbulenta Mitchell. We resurrect M. tricosa Cockerell from synonymy with M. urbana Smith and synonymize M. turbulenta under M. tricosa. We recognize four species in Rhyssomegachile and eight species in Zonomegachile. In the latter subgenus, we revalidate M. reliqua from synonymy with M. moderata and propose the following four new species: Megachile kalina, new species, from French Guiana; M. durantae, new species, from Rondônia, Brazil; M. paisa, new species, from Antioquia, Colombia; and M. uncinata, new species, from Catamarca, Argentina. We confirm sex associations in Zonomegachile and describe its nest for the first time. Megachile tricosa, M. ardua Mitchell, and M. tacanensis Moure, currently assigned to Rhyssomegachile, exhibit morphological features that do not fit any of the known subgenera. Thus, we use a cladistic analysis to explore their phylogenetic relationships and establish two new subgenera for these species: Aporiochile Gonzalez and Engel, new subgenus, for M. tricosa and Chalepochile Gonzalez and Engel, new subgenus, for the remaining two species. We provide an updated key to the subgenera of Megachile s.l. of the Western Hemisphere. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Museum of Natural History. en_US
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dc.relation.ispartofseries Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History;no.425.
dc.subject Rhyssomegachile. en_US
dc.subject Zonomegachile. en_US
dc.subject Aporiochile. en_US
dc.subject Chalepochile. en_US
dc.subject Megachile. en_US
dc.subject Bees. en_US
dc.subject Phylogeny. en_US
dc.subject South America. en_US
dc.subject Western Hemisphere. en_US
dc.title South American leaf-cutter bees (genus Megachile) of the subgenera Rhyssomegachile and Zonomegachile, with two new subgenera (Hymenoptera, Megachilidae). (Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, no. 425) en_US


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    The Bulletin, published continuously since 1881, consists of longer monographic volumes in the field of natural sciences relating to zoology, paleontology, and geology. Current numbers are published at irregular intervals. The Bulletin was originally a place to publish short papers, while longer works appeared in the Memoirs. However, in the 1920s, the Memoirs ceased and the Bulletin series began publishing longer papers. A new series, the Novitates , published short papers describing new forms.

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