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Melecta octomaculata  Radoszkowski, 1873
Taxonomic Serial No.: 767198

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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 - other, see comments   
  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):    
  Source: World Bee Checklist Project, manuscript (version 13-Dec-07)  
  Acquired: 2007   
  Notes: John Ascher, Connal Eardley, Terry Griswold, Gabriel Melo, Andrew Polaszek, Michael Ruggiero, Paul Williams, Ken Walker, and Natapot Warrit. Additional credits noted 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   

 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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