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Published: 2022-09-19
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New Moroccan bee species of the tribe Osmiini (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Megachilidae)

ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Biocommunication and Entomology, Schmelzbergstrasse 9/LFO, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland.
Hymenoptera Anthophila Apiformes pollinators Mediterranean Sahara


The examination of undetermined material of Moroccan bees of the tribe Osmiini (Megachilidae) and several excursions to Morocco in the past fifteen years revealed the existence of numerous undescribed osmiine bee species, indicating that the Moroccan osmiine bee diversity is distinctly higher than the 148 species listed in a recent compilation. In the present publication, 14 of these new species are described: Hoplitis (Alcidamea) herrmanni spec. nov., Hoplitis (Anthocopa) clypeoincisa spec. nov., Hoplitis (Anthocopa) convolvuli spec. nov., Hoplitis (Anthocopa) prazi spec. nov., Hoplitis (Anthocopa) sedivyi spec. nov., Hoplitis (Anthocopa) sternocarinata spec. nov., Hoplitis (Anthocopa) widmeri spec. nov., Hoplitis (Hoplitis) maussi spec. nov., Hoplitis (Hoplitis) prosii spec. nov., Hoplitis (Hoplitis) weibeli spec. nov., Hoplitis (Tkalcua) sidiifnii spec. nov., Osmia (Nasutosmia) longipalpa spec. nov., Protosmia (Nanosmia) curviseta spec. nov. and Protosmia (Nanosmia) magna spec. nov.. Apart from H. prazi, which has a wide distribution ranging from Morocco eastwards to the Levant, and H. clypeoincisa, which has been found in northeastern Morocco and is expected to occur also in neighbouring Algeria, all other new species have been recorded only in southern Morocco and are possibly Moroccan endemics.



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