Apidae

Balzan, Mario V., Rasmont, Pierre, Kuhlmann, Michael, Dathe, Holger, Pauly, Alain, Patiny, Sébastien, Terzo, Michael & Michez, Denis, 2016, The bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of the Maltese Islands, Zootaxa 4162 (2), pp. 225-244: 229-233

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http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4162.2.2

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Apidae
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Apidae  

Amegilla quadrifasciata (de Villers, 1789)  

Determined as Anthophora mediterranea (Alfken, 1927)   by Alfken (1929) but this is synonymised with A. quadrifasciata (Kuhlmann et al. 2015)   .

Previous Reports: Alfken (1929); Valletta (1971); Schembri (1982);

Specimens Examined: NMNH; 3♀, 1♂, Wied il-Għasel, 08-vi-1969, C De Lucca [ NMNH]   ; 1♂, Wied il- Għasel , 08-vi-1969, P Portelli [ NMNH]   ; 1♀, Għar Dalam , 08-vi-1969, P Portelli [ NMNH]   ; 1♀, Wied il-Għasel, 16-vi-1969, C De Lucca [ NMNH]   ; 1♀, Għargħur, 7-vii-1970, C De Lucca [ NMNH]   ; 1♀, Miġra l-Ferħa, 19-v- 2014, P Portelli [ NMNH]   ; 1♀, San Ġiljan, 10-vi-2014, P Portelli [ NMNH]   ; 3♀, Għammieri (Ħal Qormi), 01-vii- 2014, MV Balzan   ; 2♀, 1♂, Għar Dalam , 11-viii-2014, P Portelli [ NMNH]   ; 1♀ [NMNH]

Distribution: Continental Europe and Northern Africa, Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.

Amegilla albigena (Lepeletier,1841)  

Determined as Anthophora albigena ssp. albida (Dours, 1869)   in Valletta (1971) but this is synonymised with A. albigena (Kuhlmann et al. 2015)   .

Previous Reports: Alfken (1929); Valletta (1971)

Distribution: South and Eastern Continental Europe, North-western Africa, and the islands of Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.

Ammobatoides luctuosus (Friese, 1911)  

Previous Reports: Kuhlmann et al. (2015)

Distribution: Italy, Eastern Europe ( Lithuania, Moldova) and Mediterranean Basin ( Macedonia, Turkey).

Anthophora dispar (Lepeletier 1841)  

Previous Reports: Alfken (1929); Kuhlmann et al. (2015)

Distribution: North Africa, Iberian Peninsula, France, Italy and Hungary, Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily.

Anthophora plagiata (Illiger, 1806)  

Determined as Anthophora parietina (Fabricius, 1793)   but this is synonymised with A. plagiata (Kuhlmann et al. 2015)   .

Previous Reports: Valletta (1971); Schembri (1982)

Specimens Examined:; 1♀, 1♂, Buskett, 14-ii-1976, P Sammut [NMNH]; 1♀, Buskett, 28-ii-1976, P Sammut [NMNH];

Distribution: Continental Europe, Algeria, and Sicily.

Anthophora plumipes (Pallas, 1772)  

Determined as Anthophora acervorum var pennata (Lepeletier, 1841)   in the collection of the NMNH by IHH Yarrow, and in Valletta (1971), and determined as Anthophora acervorum L. in Schembri (1982)   but these are synonymised with A. plumipes (Kuhlmann et al. 2015)   .

Previous Reports: Valletta (1971); Schembri (1982)

Specimens Examined: 1♀, Chadwick Lakes, 19-iii-1952 [NMNH]

Distribution: Continental Europe, North-western Africa ( Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia), the islands of Corsica, Cyprus, Sardinia and Sicily.

Anthophora retusa   (L.,1758)

Previous Reports: Valletta (1971)

Distribution: Continental Europe, Sardinia and Sicily.

Anthophora canescens (Brullé, 1832)  

The specimen at the NMNH was determined as Anthophora nigrocincta (Lepeletier, 1841)   by IHH Yarrow but this is synonymised with A. canescens   . (Kuhlmann et al. 2015).

Previous Reports: Kuhlmann et al. (2015)

Specimens Examined: 1♀ [NMNH]

Distribution: Mediterranean Basin.

Apis mellifera   (L., 1758)

Previous Reports: Alfken (1929); Valletta (1971); Schembri (1982); Sheppard et al. (1997)

Specimens Examined: NMNH; 3♀, Tal-Qroqq ( Msida ), 6-xi-1968, C De Lucca [ NMNH]   ; 2♀, Għargħur, 6-ix- 1970, C De Lucca [ NMNH]   ; 1♀, Imtaħleb , 28-iv-1976, P Sammut [ NMNH]   ; 1♀, Buskett , 14-xi-1976, C De Lucca [ NMNH]   ; 1♀, Ħal Qormi, 25-v-1980 [ NMNH]   ; 1♀, Għar Lapsi (Siġġiewi), 5-v-2014, MV Balzan   ; 1♀, Għajn Tuffieħa (Mellieħa), 12-v-2014, MV Balzan   ; 1♀, Miġra l-Ferħa, 19-v-2014, P Portelli   ; 1♀, Chadwick Lakes , 27-v- 2014, P Portelli   ; 1♀, Balluta , 10-vii-2014, P Portelli   ; 2♀, Baħrija , 24-vii-2014, P Portelli.  

Distribution: Global distribution - occurs naturally in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa but has been spread extensively beyond its range. Endemic honey bees of the Maltese Islands are a distinct geographical race, Apis mellifera ruttneri ( Sheppard et al. 1997)   .

Bombus terrestris   (L., 1758)

Previous Reports: Valletta (1971)

Specimens Examined:; 1♀, Buġibba, 28-vii-1979, CJ Aquilina [NMNH]; 1♀, Buskett,?/7/88, P Sammut [NMNH]; 2♀, Buskett,?/8/81, P Sammut [NMNH]; 2♀, Chadwick Lakes, 27-v-2014, P Portelli [NMNH]; 2♂, Buskett, 17-vii-2014, P Portelli [NMNH]; 1♂ [NMNH]

Distribution: It has a Mediterranean-centred distribution but is not restricted to this region. It is widespread in Europe, middle and northern latitudes of Asia, and it has been introduced to Australasia and South America.

Ceratina cyanea (Kirby, 1802)  

Previous Reports: Kuhlmann et al. (2015)

Specimens Examined: 1♀, 2♂, Delimara (Marsaxlokk)   , 26-v-2014, MV Balzan   ; 1♀, Għammieri (Ħal Qormi), MV Balzan   ; 23-vi-2014, 2♂, Għammieri (Ħal Qormi)   , 9-vii-2014, MV Balzan   ; 1♀, Għammieri (Ħal Qormi)   , 11- viii-2014, MV Balzan   ;

Distribution: Continental Europe, Maghreb ( Algeria, Tunisia), Libya and central Asia, Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.

Ceratina dallatorreana (Friese, 1896)  

Previous Reports: Kuhlmann et al. (2015) Distribution: Mediterranean Basin.

Ceratina gravidula (Gerstäcker, 1869)  

Previous Reports: Kuhlmann et al. (2015)

Distribution: Mediterranean Basin. Rare and localised abundance in the North of the Balkans and the Black Sea.

Dioxys cincta (Jurine, 1807)  

Previous Reports: Valletta (1971) Distribution: Mediterranean Basin.

Eucera algira (Brullé, 1840)  

Previous Reports: Valletta (1971); Kuhlmann et al. (2015) Distribution: Southern Europe, North Africa, extends to Western Asia.

Eucera eucnemidea (Dours, 1873)  

Previous Reports: Valletta (1971); Schembri (1982); Kuhlmann et al. (2015) Distribution: Western Mediterranean Basin.

Eucera longicornis   (L., 1758)

Previous Reports: Valletta (1971)

Specimens Examined: 1♀, 1♂, Buskett , 28-ii-1976, P Sammut   ; 1♂, Ħad Dingli, 20-ii-1977, CJ Aquilina   ; 1♀, 1♂, Tal-Qattara ( Malta), 26-ii-1978, CJ Aquilina   ; 1♂, Tal-Qattara ( Malta), 5-iii-1978, CJ Aquilina;  

Distribution: Widespread in Europe, with its range extending to Siberia and China.

Eucera numida (Lepeletier, 1841)  

Previous Reports: Valletta (1971); Kuhlmann et al. (2015) Distribution: Western Mediterranean Basin, Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.

Eucera oraniensis (Lepeletier, 1841)  

Previous Reports: Schembri (1982); Kuhlmann et al. (2015) Distribution: Western Mediterranean Basin.

Eucera rufa (Lepeletier, 1841)  

Specimen at the NMNH determined as Eucera ruficollis (Brullé, 1832)   , while this was recorded as Tetralonia berlandi Dusm. in Schembri (1982)   .

Previous Reports: Valletta (1971); Schembri (1982); Kuhlmann et al. (2015)

Specimens Examined: Examined Specimens: 1♀ [NMNH]

Distribution: Southern Europe and Northern Africa. Its distribution extends to the Middle East ( Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan).

Habropoda zonatula (Smith, 1854)  

Previous Reports: Kuhlmann et al. (2015)

Distribution: Southern Europe, including the islands of Sardinia and Sicily and, extending to Western Asia.

Melecta albifrons (Forster, 1771)  

Previous Reports: Valletta (1979)

Distribution: Continental Europe, Northern Africa, United Kingdom, and the islands of Cyprus, Corsica and Sardinia.

Melecta duodecimmaculata (Rossi, 1790)  

Previous Reports: Kulhmann et al. (2015)

Distribution: Mediterranean Basin, Sicily and Cyprus.

Melecta leucorhyncha (Gribodo, 1893)  

Previous Reports: Kuhlmann et al. (2015)

Distribution: Mediterranean Basin, Cyprus, Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily.

Melecta luctuosa (Scopoli, 1770)  

Previous Reports: Valletta (1971)

Distribution: Europe and North-western Africa, Corsica, Cyprus and Sicily.

Nomada bifasciata (Olivier, 1811)  

Previous Reports: Kuhlmann et al. (2015)

Distribution: Continental Europe, North-western Africa ( Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia), Sicily and Cyprus.

Nomada distinguenda (Morawitz, 1874)  

Previous Reports: Kuhlmann et al. (2015)

Distribution: Continental Europe, Morocco and the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Cyprus.

Nomada fulvicornis (Fabricius, 1793)  

Previous Reports: Kuhlmann et al. (2015)

Distribution: Continental Europe, Northern Ireland, Morocco and the islands of Corsica, Cyprus, Sardinia and Sicily.

Nomada kohli (Schmiedeknecht, 1882)  

Previous Reports: Kuhlmann et al. (2015)

Distribution: Southern Europe, Algeria, the islands of Cyprus and Sicily.

Nomada rufa (Rossi, 1790)  

Previous Reports: Valletta (1971) Distribution: Italy and Malta.

Nomada stigma (Fabricius, 1804)  

Determined as Nomada cinnaberina (Morawitz 1871)   but this is synonymised with N. stigma (Kuhlmann et al. 2015)   .

Previous Reports: Valletta (1971)

Distribution: Continental Europe, Cyprus, Sicilyand Algeria.

Thyreus histrionicus (Illiger, 1806)  

Determined as Crocisa major (Morawitz, 1875)   by Alfken (1929) but this is synonymised with T. histrionicus (Kuhlmann et al. 2015)   .

Previous Reports: Alfken (1929); Schembri (1982); Kuhlmann et al. (2015)

Specimens Examined: 1♂, C De Lucca [NMNH]

Distribution: Continental Europe, Northern Africa, and the islands of Corsica, Cyprus, Sardinia, and Sicily.

Thyreus ramosus (Lepeletier, 1841)  

Determined as Crocisa circulata ( Alfken, 1929)   and Thyreus ramosa (Lepeletier, 1841)   but these are synonymised with T. ramosus (Kuhlmann et al. 2015)   .

Previous Reports: Alfken (1929); Valletta (1971); Schembri (1982)

Specimens Examined: 1♀, Wied il-Għasel, 12-vi-1969, C De Lucca; 3♂, Wied il-Għasel, 16-vi-1969, C De Lucca; 1♀ [NMNH]

Distribution: Southern Europe, Northern Africa, extending to Western Asia. Recorded from the islands of Corsica, Cyprus, Sardinia and Sicily.

Xylocopa violacea   (L., 1758)

Previous Reports: Alfken (1929); Valletta (1971); Schembri (1982); Kuhlmann et al. (2015)

Specimens Examined: 2♀, 2♂, Buskett , 14-ii-1976, P Sammut   ; 1♀, Gwardamanġia , 30-v-1976, CJ Aquilina   ; 1♂, Rabat, 30-x-1988, P Sammut   ; 1♀, Buskett , 17-vii-2014, P Portelli   ; 1♂, Dingli Cliffs, 5-x-2014, P Sammut   ; 1♀, vii-72, [NMNH]; 1♂, Marsascala, vii-1984, M Zammit.  

Distribution: Continental Europe, Ireland, the Maghreb countries of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, and the islands of Corsica, Cyprus, Sardinia and Sicily.

NMNH

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Apidae