MelectaoctomaculataRadoszkowski, 1873 Taxonomic Serial No.: 767198
Taxonomy and Nomenclature
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John S. Ascher, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore
World Bee Checklist Project, manuscript (version 13-Dec-07)
John Ascher, Connal Eardley, Terry Griswold, Gabriel Melo, Andrew Polaszek, Michael Ruggiero, Paul Williams, Ken Walker, and Natapot Warrit. Additional credits noted at: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?act=x_guide_credit&guide=Apoidea_species
Eardley, C. D., and Rosalind Urban
Catalogue of Afrotropical bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apiformes)
Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.:
Zootaxa, vol. 2455
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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