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Melecta octomaculata  Radoszkowski, 1876
Taxonomic Serial No.: 1130491

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Common Name(s):    
  Valid Name: Melecta transcaspica Morawitz, 1895
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: invalid - nomen oblitum   
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - minimum standards met  

  Expert: John S. Ascher, PhD  
  Notes: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore   
  Reference for: Melecta octomaculata    
  Other Source(s):    
  Reference for:    
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Dalla Torre, C. G. de  
  Publication Date: 1896   
  Article/Chapter Title: Apidae (Anthophila)   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus, vol. 10   
  Page(s): viii + 643   
  Publisher: Breitkopf & Hártel   
  Publication Place: Leipzig, Germany   
  Notes: Available online via Biodiversity Heritage Library at   
  Reference for: Melecta octomaculata   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Eardley, C. D., and Rosalind Urban  
  Publication Date: 2010   
  Article/Chapter Title: Catalogue of Afrotropical bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apiformes)   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Zootaxa, vol. 2455   
  Page(s): 1-548   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 1175-5326   
  Reference for: Melecta octomaculata   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Lieftinck, M. A.  
  Publication Date: 1980   
  Article/Chapter Title: Prodrome to a Monograph of the Palaearctic Species of the Genus Melecta Latreille 1802 (Hymenoptera, Anthophoridae)   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Tijdschrift voor Entomologie, vol. 123, issue 6   
  Page(s): 129-349   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 0040-7496   
  Notes: Available at   
  Reference for: Melecta octomaculata   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Radoszkowsky, O.  
  Publication Date: 1876   
  Article/Chapter Title: Comte-Rendu Des Hyménoptères Recueillis en Egypte et Abyssinie en 1873   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Horae Societatis Entomologicae Rossicae, vol. 12, no. 2   
  Page(s): 111-149   
  Publication Place:    
  Notes: Available at   
  Reference for: original description   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Africa  



  Comment: Melecta octomaculata Radoszkowski, 1873 and 1876 (TSN 767198) (both now as Melecta nivosa Morawitz, 1893) (TSN 767064)) are senior primary homonyms of Melecta octomaculata Friese, 1925 (now as Melecta transcaspica Morawitz, 1895 (TSN 767070))  
    Regarding Melecta Eardley and Urban 2010 state: "Melecta is not recorded from the Afrotropical region. Therefore the records below from Ethiopia are considered doubtful. However, Melecta does occur in the Palaearctic Region and could occur in Ethiopia. The types should be carefully studied." and "Melecta octomaculata Radoszkowski, 1873:124, female holotype (type depository unknown) Ethiopia; Radoszkowski 1876:124"  
    Lieftinck 1980 states (page 279): "The complications with reference to the taxonomic position and nomenclature of transcaspica, are explained under corpulenta (p. 260). The type of M. octomaculata Radoszkowski, from Egypt, is a wrongly sexed male, either of aegyptiaca or transcaspica."  



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