Formicapis Sladen 1916

Müller, Andreas & Mauss, Volker, 2016, Palaearctic Hoplitis bees of the subgenera Formicapis and Tkalcua (Megachilidae, Osmiini): biology, taxonomy and key to species, Zootaxa 4127 (1), pp. 105-120: 109

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http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4127.1.5

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scientific name

Formicapis Sladen 1916
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Subgenus Formicapis Sladen 1916 

Hoplitis excisa ( Morawitz 1880)  was treated as a representative of the subgenus Stenosmia  by Mavromoustakis (1954), Wu (2006) considered it to be a member of Osmia  ( Osmia  ) and Ungricht et al. (2008) assigned it to Hoplitis  subgenus incertum. The recent discovery of the hitherto unknown male clearly revealed its affiliation to the subgenus Formicapis  . The Central Asian species Hoplitis latifemoralis ( Wu 1985)  was formerly considered to belong to Formicapis  ( Wu 1985, 2006; Ungricht et al. 2008). Both sexes, however, strongly differ morphologically from H. ( Formicapis  ), e.g. in the form of the female mandible, which is narrow and three-toothed lacking the long apical edge typical of Formicapis  , or in the shape of male tergum 7, which is quadrangular and medially slightly incised instead of four-lobed as in Formicapis  . Furthermore, H. latifemoralis  substantially differs from H. ( Formicapis  ) species in the form of the male sterna and male genitalia. Due to these differences and the fact that H. latifemoralis  possesses some exceptional characters, such as a thickened male hind femur and tibia, the presence of hooked bristles on the female proboscis and the preference for small-flowered Boraginaceae  species as pollen hosts ( Müller 2016), H. latifemoralis  is removed here from H. ( Formicapis  ) and assigned to Hoplitis  subgenus incertum.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Megactlilidae

Loc

Formicapis Sladen 1916

Müller, Andreas & Mauss, Volker 2016

2016
Loc

Hoplitis latifemoralis (

Wu 1985

1985
Loc

Hoplitis excisa (

Morawitz 1880

1880