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Intratribal variation among mature larvae of stingless bees (Apidae: Meliponini) with descriptions of the eggs of 11 species (American Museum novitates, no. 3971)

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dc.contributor.author Rozen, Jerome G., Jr. (Jerome George), 1928-
dc.contributor.author Almeida, Eduardo A. B. (Eduardo Andrade Botelho)
dc.contributor.author Smith, Corey Shepard
dc.contributor.author Jones, Lance Eric
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-28T15:45:21Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-28T15:45:21Z
dc.date.issued 2021-06-28
dc.identifier.issn 0003-0082
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/7268
dc.description 47 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract The abundant members of the Meliponini (stingless bees) are restricted to the tropics and subtropics worldwide. Because past studies of the anatomy of their mature larvae are limited, revealing little anatomical variation in the tribe, the current investigation attempts to examine this topic more thoroughly. Herein we describe the mature larvae of 30 species representing 16 genera of a total world fauna of perhaps 32 genera. Although the larvae of most taxa show little anatomical diversity, two species, Trigona (Duckeola) ghilianii Spinola and Trigona (Frieseomelitta) varia (Lepeletier), have mature larvae that differ remarkably in anatomical structure from those of other known stingless bees, and, further, their individual anatomies suggest a close evolutionary relationship. Larval evidence is presented indicating that Trichotrigona extranea (Camargo and Moure) is also related to these two taxa. Because eggs are often included in collections of bee larvae, this study adds descriptions of the eggs of 11 species of the Meliponini not previously characterized as well as a list of those that had been treated earlier. 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.3971.
dc.subject Larvae -- Anatomy. en_US
dc.subject Stingless bees -- Larvae. en_US
dc.subject Bees -- Larvae. en_US
dc.subject Bees -- Eggs. en_US
dc.subject Insects -- Larvae. en_US
dc.subject Insects -- Eggs. en_US
dc.title Intratribal variation among mature larvae of stingless bees (Apidae: Meliponini) with descriptions of the eggs of 11 species (American Museum novitates, no. 3971) 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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