The cuckoo bee genus Kelita : its systematics, biology, and larvae. American Museum novitates ; no. 2631

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New York, N.Y. : American Museum of Natural History
"Three new species (toroi, penai, and tuberculata) are added to the Chilean cuckoo bee genus Kelita heretofore thought to be monotypic (type species: chilensis Friese). Presented are descriptions of adults of all taxa, comparative illustrations of the male genitalia and other taxonomic features, a key to species, and a distribution map of the species. The anatomical parts of the complicated male genitalia are homologized. An attempt to analyze the phylogenetic relationships of Kelita to other Nomadini indicates that it is most closely related to Paranomada, Triopasites, Melanomada, Brachynomada, and Hesperonomada. Kelita tuberculata and chilensis are reported to be parasitic on small panurgines. Details of adult and larval activity and larval development indicate that the biology of Kelita is not substantially different from that of other Nomadini. Taxonomic descriptions of the first and last larval instars of tuberculata reveal that these stages are similar in most respects to those of other Nomadinae although the mature larva, unlike the larvae of most members of the subfamily, bears paired dorsal body tubercles"--P. [1].
24 p. : ill., map ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 23-24).