Ammophila fischeri DOLLFUSS, 2015

Dollfuss, Hermann, 2015, Revision of the wasp genus Ammophila KIRBY, 1798 (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Sphecidae) of the Sub-Saharan Region of Africa, Linzer biologische Beiträge 47 (1), pp. 307-412 : 342-343

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Ammophila fischeri DOLLFUSS


Ammophila fischeri DOLLFUSS nov.sp. ( Figs 38 View Figs 38-43 , 73 View Figs 65-82 , 109 View Figs 107-112 , 145 View Figs 144-149 )

R e c o r d s: Holotype. ♀, Zambia: 50 km E Mwinilunga , 11°43'S 24°47'E, 1400 m, 18.X.2008, leg. M. Halada (OÖLM). GoogleMaps

Paratypes: Zambia: same locality (14♀♀ OÖLM, 1♀ CAS) ; 50 km E Mwinilunga , 11°43'S 24°47'E, 1400 m, 2.IX.2008, leg. M. Halada (14♀♀ OÖLM) GoogleMaps ; 150 km S Mwinilunga , 13°11'S 24°14'E, 1100 m, 18.X.2008, leg. M. Halada (4♀♀ OÖLM) GoogleMaps ; 150 km S Mwinilunga , 13°11'S 24°14'E, 1100 m, 2.XI.2008, leg. M. Halada (7♀♀ OÖLM) GoogleMaps ; 60 km W Solwezi , 4.-6.I.2003, leg. J. Halada (1♀ OÖLM) ; 62 km SW Serenje , 22.XI.2005, leg. Snižek (1♀ OÖLM) ; 20 km SE Mwinilunga , 8.I.2003, leg. J. Halada (1♀ OÖLM) ; Central province, 54 road km NE Serenje , 13°05'S 30°35'E, 17.III.1998, leg. Pulawski (1♀ CAS) GoogleMaps ; Eastern province, 31 km E Petauke , 14°18'S 31°36'E, 4.III.1998, leg. Pulawski (1♀ CAS) GoogleMaps ; Northern province, 16 km W Mbala , 8°53'S 31°16'E, 20.III.1998, leg. Pulawski (1♀ CAS) GoogleMaps ; Eastern province Wildlife Camp at Luangwa river , 7 km SW Mfuwe, 13°06'S 31°45'E, 7.-9.III.1998, leg. Pulawski (1♀ CAS) GoogleMaps ; 16 mi. SE Mbala ( Albercorn ), 5900', 30.I.1970, leg. Irwin & Ross (1♀ CAS) ; 5 mi. S Senga Hill, 5700', 1.II.1970, leg. Irwin & Ross (1♀ CAS). Kenya: 26 mi SW of Nairobi, 5300', 11.I.1970 leg. Irwin & Ross (1♀ CAS). Mozambique: 65 km S Vlóngné , 15°13'S 34°19'E, 1250 m, 8.XII.2005, leg. J. Halada (5♀♀ OÖLM). South Africa: Kwaza Zulu Natal-NE, 20 km S Emanguzi, 3.XII.2002, leg. Ma. Halada (1♀ OÖLM) GoogleMaps ; Capland, Krebs (1♀ ZMB) ; Transvaal, Lydenburg, Wilms (1♀ ZMB) ; Mpumalanga, 20 km S Waterval-Boven , 28.XI.2003, leg. J. Halada (1♀ OÖLM) ; Mpumalanga, 30 km NE Lydenbrug NR., Ohrig, 9.-12.I.2004, leg. J. Halada (1♀ OÖLM). Tanzania: Mbeya prov., 70 km NW Tunduma , 08°58'S 32°25'E, 1500 m, 2.I.2007, leg. J. Halada (2♀♀ OÖLM) GoogleMaps ; Matengo Hochland, WSW Songea, Ugano, 15-1700 m, 11.-20.I.136, leg. Zerny (2♀♀ NHMW). Uganda: Prot. Western Ankole, 4500-5000ft, 10.-14.X.1911, leg. Neave (1♀ BMNH). Zimbabwe: Abercoin 1951 (3♀♀ BMNH). Democratic Republic Congo : 10 mi. S Kapona, 1570m, 13.I.1958, leg. Ross & Leech (1♀ CAS) ; Nasoni , 28 mi. N Kasaji, 1070 m, 31.I.1958, leg. Ross & Leech (1♀ CAS) ; Muye, Park Upemba , 1570 m, 17.I.1958, leg. Ross & Leech (1♀ CAS) ; 5 mi. S Fizi , 1320 m, 10.I.1958, leg. Ross & Leech (1♀ CAS) ; 34 mi. N Pweto , 1050 m, 14.I.1958, leg. Ross & Leech (1♀ CAS) ; 54 mi. W Kinda, 2.II.1958, leg. Ross & Leech (1♀ CAS). Ruanda: Gabiro Kagera Park , 1325 m, 8.XII.1957, leg. Ross & Leech (2♀♀ CAS) .

N a m e d e r i v a t i o n: In honor of Univ-Doz. Mag. Dr. Max Fischer curator

emer. of the Hymenoptera collection in the Museum of Natural History of Vienna,


R e c o g n i t i o n: The female of Ammophila fischeri has the gaster apex black, without a metallic shine but pruinose. The episternal sulcus extends to the anteroventral margin of the mesopleuron, the mesothoracic venter is not prominent anteriorly and the arolia are present. The mesopleuron along the mesopleural suture is covered with dense appressed silvery setae, the metapleuron has none. The female of A. curvistriata is similar to A. fischeri but differs in having the vertex and the pronotal collar nearly impunctate, the pronotal collar in most specimens black and the scutum distinctly transversely striate and punctate. The female of A. zetteli is similar to A. fischeri but differs in having a black pronotal collar distinctly punctate (punctures 0-2 diameters apart) ( A. fischeri has a reddish-brown pronotal collar only slightly punctate). The female of A. rubripes differs from A. fischeri in having the mesopleuron, the metapleuron and the propodeum laterally evenly covered with appressed silvery setae.

D e s c r i p t i o n: Gaster apex black, without metallic shine but pruinose. Episternal sulcus extends to anteroventral margin of mesopleuron, supra-antennal lamellate projection absent, mesothoracic venter not prominent anteriorly, arolia present and claws have no basal tooth.

♀: 19-26 mm. Black, with following reddish-brown: mandible (except apex), ventral third of clypeus, scape, pronotal collar, tegula, subalar area, fore- and midlegs, petiole ventrally, tergum I laterally, gastral segment II (black stripe dorsally) and segment III basally. Some specimens with reddish-brown spot on scutellum. Wings hyaline to brownish. Clypeus, frons, gena, pronotal lobe, mesopleuron along mesopleural suture (metapleuron not), propodeum laterally and hindcoxa dorsally covered with appressed silvery setae; remaining body parts more or less pruinose. Erect setae whitish. Clypeus slightly elongate ( Fig. 38 View Figs 38-43 ), disk convex ( Fig. 73 View Figs 65-82 ). Frons punctate (punctures 1 diameter apart), Vertex sparsely, finely punctate (punctures 1-2 diameters apart). Pronotal collar indistinctly, sparsely punctate (punctures 1-2 diameters apart). Scutum coarsely punctate between short transverse rugae. Scutellum longitudinally ridged and punctate. Mesopleuron, metapleuron and propodeum laterally coarsely, densely punctate. Propodeal enclosure reticulate. Pronotal collar: Figs 109 View Figs 107-112 , 145 View Figs 144-149 . Flagellomere I:II=1.4-1.8; length of petiole = hindtarsomere I+II.

3 unknown. N o t e: Maybe the female of A fischeri ♀ and the male of A. zambiensis 3 are conspecific.

G e o g r a p h i c d i s t r i b u t i o n: Mozambique, Democratic Republic Kongo, Ruanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.

Ammophila gracillima TASCHENBERG ( Figs 16 View Figs 16-20 , 52 View Figs 47-64 , 88 View Figs 83-88 , 126 View Figs 125-129 , 162 View Figs 161-166 , 249, 291, 383, 372,


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