Two new species of nocturnal bees of the genus Megalopta (Hymenoptera: Halictidae) with keys to species

  • Gonzalez V
  • Griswold T
  • Ayala R
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Megalopta Smith, 1853, is a Neotropical genus of nocturnal or crepuscular bees. Two subgenera are recognized with most of its nearly 30 species placed in the nominate subgenus. Species of Megalopta s. str. are more commonly collected than species of Noctoraptor Engel et al. 1997, all presumably parasites of Megalopta s. str. Two new species of Megalopta are described here: M. (Megalopta) tetewana, n. sp., from Mexico and M. (Noctoraptor) huaoranii, n. sp., from Ecuador. Identification keys to the Central American species of Megalopta s. str. and the species of the parasitic subgenus Noctoraptor are presented.

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  • Apoidea
  • Augochlorini
  • Keys
  • Parasites
  • Systematics

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  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-76349106443
  • PMID: 20411720
  • SGR: 76349106443
  • ISSN: 00347744
  • PUI: 358273086


  • Victor H. Gonzalez

  • Terry Griswold

  • Ricardo Ayala

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