Ammophila snizeki 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: 369

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Ammophila snizeki DOLLFUSS


Ammophila snizeki DOLLFUSS   nov.sp. ( Figs 24 View Figs 21-25 , 59 View Figs 47-64 , 96 View Figs 95-100 , 132 View Figs 130-135 )

R e c o r d s: Holotype: ♀, South Africa: North Cape: Kalahari desert, Van Zylrus , 15.I.2001, leg. Snižek (OÖLM).  

N a m e d e r i v a t i o n: In honor of the collector of the holotype M. Snižek, Czech Republic.

R e c o g n i t i o n: The female of A. snizeki   is characterized by a dorsally black gaster, without metallic shine. The episternal sulcus extends to the anteroventral margin of the mesopleuron and the arolia are present. Additionally, the clypeus, the frons, the vertex and the pronotal collar are impunctate. The female of A. snizeki   is similar to A. insignis   but differs in being smaller (18.5 mm) and having the frons and the vertex impunctate ( A. insignis   has a bodylength of 26-33 mm and frons and vertex are punctate). The female of A. snizeki   differs from A. rubripes   in having a characteristically shaped clypeus ( Fig. 24 View Figs 21-25 ) (Clypeus of A. rubripes   see Fig. 43 View Figs 38-43 ).

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

♀: 18.5 mm. Black, with following reddish-brown: mandible (except apex), scape, pedicel, flagellomeres I-III (remaining flagellomeres brownish ventrally), pronotal collar dorsally and laterally, pronotal lobe, tegula, foreleg, midlegs (except femur dorsally), hindleg (dorsally darkened) and petiole ventrally. Wings hyaline. Clypeus, frons, gena, pronotal lobe and propodeum posterolaterally covered with appressed silvery setae; remaining parts of thorax and propodeum covered with fine, sparse appressed setae. Erect setae whitish. Clypeus elongate, with truncate median lobe, lateral tooth distinct, lateral sides slightly concave ( Fig. 24 View Figs 21-25 ), disk distinctly convex ( Fig. 59 View Figs 47-64 ). Frons, vertex and pronotal collar impunctate. Scutum transversely striate, without distinct punctures; scutellum longitudinally striate; metanotum irregularly structured. Propodeal enclosure transversely striate. Mesopleuron, and mesopleural venter transversely striate, metapleuron and propodeum laterally punctato-rugose. Pronotal collar dorsally: Fig. 132 View Figs 130-135 , laterally: Fig. 96 View Figs 95-100 . Flagellomere I:II=1.6; length of petiole = hindtarsomeres I+II.

3 unknown.

G e o g r a p h i c d i s t r i b u t i o n:SouthAfrica(Kalahari).

Ammophila theryi (GRIBODO)   ( Fig. 45 View Figs 44-46 , 82 View Figs 65-82 , 118 View Figs 113-118 , 154 View Figs 150-154 , 159 View Figs 155-160 , 291 View Figs 291-297 , 246, 288, 329, 370, 408,