Ammophila kenyensis DOLLFUSS

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: 347-348

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Ammophila kenyensis DOLLFUSS


Ammophila kenyensis DOLLFUSS   nov.sp. ( Figs 169 View Figs 167-172 , 210 View Figs 197-214 , 256 View Figs 251-258 , 298 View Figs 298-306 , 339 View Figs 337-343 , 380 View Figs 376-383 , 454 View Figs 452-458 , 494 View Figs 481-499 , 534)

R e c o r d s: Holotype: 3, Kenya: W Mwingi, 14.V.2007, leg. M. Halada (OÖLM).  

N a m e d e r i v a t i o n: The holotype was collected in Kenya.

R e c o g n i t i o n: Ammophila kenyensis   has the gastral apex black, without a metallic shine but pruinose. The episternal sulcus extends nearly to the anteroventral margin of the mesopleuron, the mesopleural venter is not produced anteriorly, the arolia are present and the claws have no basal tooth. The clypeus of the male is distinctly elongate ( Fig. 169 View Figs 167-172 ), the hypostomal carina has a long erect tooth near the mandibular socket (Fig. 534) and the genitalia are unusually shaped ( Figs 339 View Figs 337-343 , 380 View Figs 376-383 , 454 View Figs 452-458 , 494 View Figs 481-499 ).

The male of A. kenyensis   differs from A. barbarorum   in having the clypeus free margin not emarginate ( Fig. 169 View Figs 167-172 ), a distinctly longer tooth on the hypostomal carina near mandibular socket (Fig. 534) and differently shaped genitalia ( A. barbarorum   has the clypeal free margin distinctly emarginate ( Fig. 168 View Figs 167-172 ) and only a blunt tooth on the hypostomal carina, Fig. 533). The male of A. dolichocephala   differs from A. kenyensis   in having the clypeus with a distinct longitudinal carina ( Fig. 167 View Figs 167-172 ), no tooth on the hypostomal carina and differently shaped genitalia. The males of A. conifera   and A. arnoldi   differ from A. kenyensis   in having differently shaped genitalia and no tooth on the hypostomal carina near the mandibular socket.

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

3: 20.5 mm. Black, with following reddish-brown: mandible (except apex), pronotal collar, tegula, fore- and midlegs, hindleg (dorsally black), petiole ventrally, tergum I laterally, gastral segment II (black stripe dorsally) and sterna III-VIII. Wings hyaline. Clypeus, frons and pronotal lobe covered with dense appressed silvery setae; gena, thorax and propodeum more or less covered with short appressed silvery setae; legs and gaster more or less pruinose. Erect setae whitish. Clypeus distinctly elongate, narrowed anteriorly ( Fig. 169 View Figs 167-172 ), clypeal disk slightly concave on ventral half, slightly convex on dorsal half ( Fig. 210 View Figs 197-214 ). Hypostomal carina with long erect tooth near mandibular socket (Fig. 534). Vertex dull, nearly impunctate. Pronotal collar shiny, finely and sparsely punctate ( Figs 256 View Figs 251-258 , 298 View Figs 298-306 ). Scutum transversely punctato-rugose, admedian line slightly developed. Scutellum longitudinally ridged. Propodeal enclosure irregularly rugose, all covered with fine appressed silvery setae and erect setae. Mesopleuron, metapleuron and propodeum laterally punctato-rugose. Flagellomere I:II=1.6; length of petiole = hindtarsomeres I+II+ 0.5 × III. Sternum VIII emarginate apically. Gonostyle laterally: Fig. 339 View Figs 337-343 ; penis valve laterally: Fig. 454 View Figs 452-458 , dorsally: Fig. 380 View Figs 376-383 , apically: Fig. 494 View Figs 481-499 .

♀ unknown.

G e o g r a p h i c d i s t r i b u t i o n: Kenya.

Ammophila kohli DOLLFUSS   nov.sp. ( Figs 27 View Figs 26-31 , 64 View Figs 47-64 , 99 View Figs 95-100 , 136 View Figs 136-143 , 177 View Figs 173-178 , 219 View Figs 215-235 , 265 View Figs 259-266 , 307 View Figs 307-317 , 351 View Figs 344-351 ,