Larval anatomy of the bee Tetragonula sapiens (Cockerell) (Meliponini) ; Further on the larva of Melipona fallax Camargo and Pedro, with a preliminary characterization of mature larval Meliponini ; and Analysis of multipronged spicules (Apoidea, Apidae). (American Museum novitates, no. 3939)
American Museum of Natural History.
The small (length less than 6 mm) postdefecating larva of Tetragonula (Tetragonula) sapiens (Cockerell) from the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea is described and illustrated, the first representation of the immature stage for any member of this genus of stingless bees. A reexamination of the recently described larva of Melipona fallax Camargo and Pedro using a new technique reveals valuable insights regarding its integumental microstructures. On the basis of these findings and previously published accounts of larval representatives of five other genera (Melipona, Nogueirapis, Partamona, Plebeia, and Trigonisca), a preliminary description of the mature larva of the tribe Meliponini is presented. Multipronged spicules, recently discovered in meliponines, are investigated.
13 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm. Specimens of Tetragonula sapiens collected by Hobart M. van Deusen on 12 May 1964 during the seventh Archbold Expedition to New Guinea.
Tetragonula sapiens., Melipona fallax., Larvae., Larvae -- Anatomy., Stingless bees -- Larvae., Spicule (Anatomy), Bees -- Larvae., Morobe Province (Papua New Guinea), Huon Peninsula (Papua New Guinea), Papua New Guinea.