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Egg and mature larva of a species of Plebeia with a preliminary overview of the mature larvae of the Meliponini relative to those of other corbiculate taxa (Apoidea, Apidae). (American Museum novitates, no. 3940)

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dc.contributor.author Rozen, Jerome G., Jr. (Jerome George), 1928-
dc.contributor.author Smith, Corey Shepard.
dc.contributor.author Roubik, David W. (David Ward), 1951-
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-30T15:19:28Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-30T15:19:28Z
dc.date.issued 2019-09-27
dc.identifier.uri http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle/2246/6964
dc.description 10 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract The egg and mature larva of a presently unnamed species of the bee genus Plebeia are anatomically described, illustrated, and compared with those of other known Meliponini, based on abundant specimens collected from two nests recovered from a tree at the Yasuní Scientific Station, Orellana Province, Ecuador. A key to the four tribes (Apini, Bombini, Euglossini, and Meliponini) of known mature corbiculate larvae is then presented. It, in turn, is followed by a preliminary larval description of the Meliponini based on those taxa the mature larvae of which are known so far. The main feature distinguishing the mature larva of the Meliponini is in its having a tapering slender elongate mandibular apex, which contrasts with the much shorter, robust mandibular apex of the other three tribes. Furthermore, unlike in the other tribes, late stage larval Meliponini possess paired dorsolateral tubercles on most abdominal segments. 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.3940.
dc.subject Plebeia -- Eggs. en_US
dc.subject Plebeia -- Larvae -- Anatomy. en_US
dc.subject Stingless bees. en_US
dc.subject Larvae -- Anatomy. en_US
dc.subject Mandible. en_US
dc.subject Bees. en_US
dc.subject Orellana (Ecuador) en_US
dc.subject Ecuador. en_US
dc.title Egg and mature larva of a species of Plebeia with a preliminary overview of the mature larvae of the Meliponini relative to those of other corbiculate taxa (Apoidea, Apidae). (American Museum novitates, no. 3940) en_US
dc.title.alternative Egg and larva of a species of Plebeia. 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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