Sphex tomentosus Fabricius, 1787

Dörfel, Thorleif H. & Ohl, Michael, 2022, The wasp genus Sphex in Sub-Saharan Africa (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae), European Journal of Taxonomy 796 (1), pp. 1-170 : 50-56

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2022.796.1665

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DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6535850

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/03C20928-FFA0-FF94-4262-15153EF40E9B

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scientific name

Sphex tomentosus Fabricius, 1787
status

 

Sphex tomentosus Fabricius, 1787  

Figs 56 View Figs 49–56. 49 (red), 57, 60–61

Sphex tomentosus Fabricius, 1787: 274   (holotype: ♂, Sierra Leone, Pflug leg., ZMUC, not examined).

Sphex tuberculatus F. Smith, 1873: 291   , ♀. Junior primary homonym of Sphex tuberculatus de Villers, 1789   (now in Cerceris Latreille, 1802   ). Synonymized with Sphex tomentosus   by van der Vecht 1961: 29.

Differential diagnosis

This species ( Fig. 57 View Figs 57–62. 57, 60–61 ) can easily be distinguished from other members of the argentatus   group through the uniformly rich golden facial setae present in both sexes. Males also possess a distinct edge on tergum VII ( Fig. 60 View Figs 57–62. 57, 60–61 ) that is unique among all African Sphex   , as well as conspicuously heart-shaped valvicepes ( Figs 60–61 View Figs 57–62. 57, 60–61 ).

Material examined

AFRICA • 1 ♀; Jan. 1891; NRS   2 ♀♀; Région des Lacs; Sagona leg.; MRAC   .

ANGOLA – Cuanza Sul Province • 1 ♀; Congulu ; [11°17ʹ03ʺ S, 15°45ʹ08ʺ E]; Apr. 1934; K. Jordan leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps   . – Huambo Province • 1 ♂; Mt Lubiri , 6 mi. NW of Alto Hama; [12°09ʹ02ʺ S, 15°29ʹ35ʺ E]; 7 Mar. 1972; BMNH GoogleMaps   .

CAMEROON – Adamawa Region • 1 ♀; SE of Ngaoundéré, ranch ; [7°08ʹ N, 13°42ʹ E]; 9–12 May 2006; J. Oehlke leg.; coll. Jacobs. – GoogleMaps   East Province • 1 ♀; D’Ja Posten ; 3.15° N, 13.30° E; 15 May–1 Jul. 1936; F.G. Merfield leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps   . – Littoral Region • 2 ♀♀; Douala ; [4°03ʹ N, 9°41ʹ E]; v. Rothkirch leg.; DEI GoogleMaps   . – West Region • 2 ♀♀; Dschang ; [5°27ʹ N, 10°04ʹ E]; v. Rothkirch leg.; DEI GoogleMaps   .

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC • 1 ♀; M. Boulard leg.; MNHN. –   Ouham-Pendé • 1 ♀; Bozoum ; [6°19ʹ02ʺ N, 16°22ʹ42ʺ E]; 11–20 Apr. 1914; G. Tessmann leg.; ZMB GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 1–10 May 1914; ZMB GoogleMaps   .

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO • 1 ♀; “ Kolo-Koilu-Madiata ”; Sep. 1913; R. Verschueren leg.; MRAC   1 ♀; “ Kwango : Pangi ”; 17 Feb. 1939; Mevr. Bequaert leg.; MRAC   1 ♀; “ Mulu sur Lua (Ubangi)”; 1931; Van Gils leg.; MRAC   1 ♀; “ Sankuru ”; 1910; Abrassart leg.; MRAC   1 ♀; Iringui [Kasai?]; Lindemans leg.; MRAC   1 ♀; Katanga , Katampe; Jan. 1926; Ch. Seydel leg.; MRAC. –   Bas- Uele • 1 ♀; Api ; [3°40ʹ N, 25°27ʹ E]; 29 Oct.1909; Laplume leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♂; Bambesa ; [3°28ʹ N, 25°43ʹ E]; 15 Sep. 1933; H.J. Brédo leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Feb. 1934; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♂♂; same locality as for preceding; 6 Jul. 1937; J. Vrydagh leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   3 ♂♂; same collection data as for preceding but 29 Aug. 1943; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 1 Sep. 1943; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♂; same locality as for preceding; 9 May 1938; P. Henrard leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but May 1938; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Buta ; [2°48ʹ N, 24°47ʹ E]; 1932; R.F.J. Hutsebaut leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♂, 21 ♀♀; Poko ; 3°10ʹ N, 26°50ʹ E; Aug. 1913; Lang and Chapin leg.; AMNH GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same locality as for preceding; [3°09ʹ N, 26°53ʹ E]; Floridon leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Haut- Katanga • 1 ♂, 1 ♀; Elisabethville [now Lubumbashi] ; [11°40ʹ S, 27°29ʹ E]; 16 Sep. 1932; de Loose leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♂♂; same collection data as for preceding but Feb. 1933; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same locality as for preceding; Jun. 1949; Ch. Seydel leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Haut-Lomami • 1 ♀; Kabongo ; [7°19ʹ S, 25°35ʹ E]; 5 Jan. 1953; Ch. Seydel leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Kaniama ; [7°31ʹ S, 24°11ʹ E]; 1931; R. Massart leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 1932; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Kanonga (675 m), P.N.U. [Upemba National Park] ; [9°09ʹ S, 26°05ʹ E]; 14–23 Feb. 1949; G.F. de Witte leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♀♀; Mato ; [8°01ʹ S, 24°55ʹ23ʺ E]; 8 Dec. 1912; Ch. Seydel leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Haut-Uele • 1 ♀; “P.N.G., Miss. H. De Saeger” [ Garamba National Park ]; [4°00ʹ N, 29°15ʹ E]; 10 Oct. 1951; H. De Saeger leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Nov. 1951; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Bafwabaca ; 2°10ʹ N, 27°30ʹ E; Jan. 1910; Lang and Chapin leg.; AMNH GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Faradje ; 3°40ʹ N, 29°40ʹ E; Nov. 1912; Lang and Chapin leg.; AMNH GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Medje ; 2°25ʹ N, 27°15ʹ E; 19 Jul. 1910; Lang and Chapin leg.; AMNH GoogleMaps   4 ♂♂, 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Sep. 1910; AMNH GoogleMaps   3 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but Jun. 1914; AMNH GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 9–15 Jul. 1910; AMNH GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Moto ; [2°54ʹ17ʺ N, 29°27ʹ22ʺ E]; 1920; L. Burgeon leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Ituri Province • 1 ♀; Adranga [Aturu?]; [2°54ʹ01ʺ N, 30°25ʹ14ʺ E]; 8 Aug. 1931; H.J. Brédo leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♀♀; Lula (Kasai); [7°43ʹ51ʺ S, 22°51ʹ56ʺ E]; 1958; A.J. Jobaert leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Luluabourg [now Kananga] ; [5°53ʹ46ʺ S, 22°24ʹ59ʺ E]; Aug. 1956; M. Poll leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Kasaï-Oriental • 1 ♀; Lukenge ; [6°14ʹ S, 23°26ʹ E]; Fontainas leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Kinshasa • 1 ♀; Leopoldville [now Kinshasa] ; [4°19ʹ39ʺ S, 15°18ʹ48ʺ E]; 1911; Mouchet leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Kongo Central • 1 ♀; “ Mayumbe : Buende-Suindi ”; 15 May 1926; A. Collart leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Camp de Lukula ; [5°23ʹ S, 12°57ʹ E]; 1911; Daniel leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Kisantu ; [5°07ʹ29ʺ S, 15°04ʹ49ʺ E]; P. Regnier leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Lukunga ; [4°38ʹ40ʺ S, 13°47ʹ16ʺ E]; 28 Oct. 1968; P.M. Elsen leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   4 ♀♀; Mayidi ; [5°11ʹ13ʺ S, 15°09ʹ17ʺ E]; 1942; R.P. Van Eyen leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Mayumbe ; [4°30ʹ S, 12°30ʹ E]; R. Verschueren leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Kwango • 1 ♀; Kasongo-Lunda ; [6°28ʹ42ʺ S, 16°49ʹ02ʺ E]; Mar. 1971; V. Van Haelst leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Kwilu Province • 1 ♀; Gingungi ; [5°24ʹ17ʺ S, 17°55ʹ17ʺ E]; 1931; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Kikwit ; [5°02ʹ S, 18°49ʹ E]; Nov. 1920; P. Vanderijst leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Mwilambongo (Idiofa); [4°56ʹ36ʺ S, 19°48ʹ18ʺ E]; 1947; Soeur Imelda leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Lomami • 1 ♀; Kabinda ; [6°08ʹ S, 24°29ʹ E]; 1935; P. Henrard leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Kaniana ; [6°46ʹ23ʺ S, 23°50ʹ58ʺ E]; Jan. 1931; R. Massart leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Lualaba • 1 ♀; Bunkeya ; [10°24ʹ S, 26°58ʹ E]; Oct. 1907; S.A. Neave leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Kafakumba ; [9°40ʹ35.9ʺ S, 23°45ʹ40.3ʺ E]; DEI GoogleMaps   1 ♂, 6 ♀♀; Kapanga ; [8°21ʹ S, 22°34ʹ E]; Oct. 1932; F.G. Overlaet leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   11 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but Nov. 1932; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 3 Dec. 1932; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but 8 Dec. 1932; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but Jan. 1933; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but Feb. 1933; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Oct. 1933; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 1934; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but Feb. 1934; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Lulua , Luashi; [10°55ʹ41ʺ S, 23°36ʹ28ʺ E]; 1935; F. Freyne leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 1936; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Sandoa ; [9°41ʹ S, 22°53ʹ E]; 20 Mar. 1919; F.G. Overlaet leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Mongala Province • 1 ♀; Yambata ; [2°25ʹ44ʺ N, 21°57ʹ46ʺ E]; Feb.–Mar. 1914; De Giorgi leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Nord-Ubangi • 1 ♂; Abumombazi ; [3°41ʹ17ʺ N, 22°09ʹ14ʺ E]; 22 Feb. 1932; H.J. Brédo leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 23 Feb. 1932; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 18–26 Feb. 1932; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Bosobolo ; [4°11ʹ23ʺ N, 19°52ʹ59ʺ E]; 8–11 Jan. 1932; H.J. Brédo leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Karawa ; [3°19ʹ55ʺ N, 20°18ʹ03ʺ E]; 1936; Wallin leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   North Kivu • 1 ♀; Beni ; [0°29ʹ N, 29°28ʹ E]; Jul. 1911; Borgerhoff leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same locality as for preceding; Feb. 1931; L. Lebrun leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Mulo ; [0°07ʹ39ʺ S, 29°16ʹ02ʺ E]; Apr. 1950; R.P. Celis leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Mutwanga , Semliki; [0°20ʹ18ʺ N, 29°44ʹ46ʺ E]; Jul. 1932; Van Hoof leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♂, 1 ♀; W. Ruwenzori , Albert National Park ; [0°29ʹ19ʺ N, 29°50ʹ57ʺ E]; Mar.1937; Hackars leg.; MRAC.– GoogleMaps   Province of Équateur • 1 ♂; Coquilhatville [now Mbandaka]; [0°03ʹ N, 12°57ʹ E]; 1946; Ch. Scops leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same locality as for preceding; 10 May 1931; H.J. Brédo leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♂; Eala ; [0°02ʹ30ʺ N, 18°20ʹ06ʺ E]; 2 Oct. 1931; H.J. Brédo leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 3 Oct. 1931; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 7 Oct. 1931; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 13 Oct. 1931; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 20 Oct. 1931; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Nov. 1931; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 5 Nov. 1931; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but 14 Nov. 1931; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 21 Nov. 1931; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but Mar. 1932; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but Apr. 1932; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 22 Apr. 1932; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but May 1932; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♂♂, 3 ♀♀; same locality as for preceding; Jun. 1932; A. Corbisier leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 7 Jul. 1932; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♂, 1 ♀; same locality as for preceding; May 1935; J. Ghesquière leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Jul. 1936; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Aug. 1936; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Dec. 1936; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Flandria ; [0°19ʹ14ʺ S, 19°05ʹ34ʺ E]; 23 Aug. 1930; R.P.G. Hulstaert leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 1935; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Ikengé ; [0°06ʹ S, 18°46ʹ E]; 1 Apr. 1914; R. Mayné leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Lukolela ; [1°03ʹ37ʺ S, 17°10ʹ55ʺ E]; De Guide leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Nouvelle Anvers [now Makanza] ; 1°40ʹ N, 19°10ʹ E; 24–31 Jul. 1909; Lang and Chapin leg.; AMNH. – GoogleMaps   Sankuru • 4 ♀♀; Batempas ; [4°56ʹ S, 23°42ʹ E]; Jan. 1926; Ch. Seydel leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Komi ; [3°34ʹ S, 23°16ʹ E]; Apr. 1930; J. Ghesquière leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but May 1930; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Jul. 1930; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Lonkala , forest; [4°37ʹ S, 23°13ʹ E]; Apr. 1925; J. Ghesquière leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Niengele ; Jan. 1926; Ch. Seydel leg.; MRAC. –   Sud-Ubangi • 1 ♀; Binga ; [2°22ʹ N, 20°29ʹ E]; Jan.–Mar. 1932; H.J. Brédo leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Tanganyika • 2 ♀♀; “ Lukuga r. Njemba ”; [5°40ʹ S, 27°55ʹ E]; Nov. 1917 – Jan. 1918; Pons leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Nyunzu ; [5°57ʹ S, 28°01ʹ E]; Jan.–Feb. 1934; H. De Saeger leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Vallée Lukuga ; [5°39ʹ31ʺ S, 26°54ʹ53ʺ E]; Nov. 1931; Schwetz leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Tshopo • 1 ♀; Avakubi ; 1°20ʹ N, 27°31ʹ E; 4–8 Oct. 1909; Lang and Chapin leg.; AMNH GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 12 Oct. 1909; AMNH GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Basoko ; [1°13ʹ N, 23°36ʹ E]; 1927; H.J. Brédo leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Basoko , Jaebeo [?]; Apr. 1949; P.L.G. Benoit leg.; MRAC   1 ♀; Stanleyville [now Kisangani] ; 0°30ʹ N, 25°10ʹ E; 5 Sep. 1909; Lang and Chapin leg.; AMNH GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Mar. 1915; AMNH GoogleMaps   2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but Apr. 1915; AMNH GoogleMaps   1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but 4 Apr. 1915; AMNH GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 13 Apr. 1915; AMNH GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but May 1915; AMNH GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Stanleyville [now Kisangani] ; [0°30ʹ55ʺ N, 25°11ʹ27ʺ E]; Apr. 1915; J. Bequaert leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same locality as for preceding; 20 Feb. 1928; A. Collart leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but Sep. 1928; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but 6–9 Sep. 1928; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♂♂; same collection data as for preceding but 10–13 Sep. 1928; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same locality as for preceding; 10 Feb. 1932; J. Vrydagh leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Jun. 1932; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but 26 Jul. 1932; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same locality as for preceding; Mar. 1926; J. Ghesquière leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Yangambi ; [0°46ʹ N, 24°27ʹ E]; 17 Jun. 1948; P.L.G. Benoit leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same locality as for preceding; May 1960; J. Decelle leg.; MRAC. – GoogleMaps   Tshuapa • 1 ♀; Bokuma ; [0°06ʹ S, 18°41ʹ E]; 1952; R.P. Lootens leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Mar. 1952; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Jun. 1952; MRAC GoogleMaps   4 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but Jul. 1952; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♂, 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 1953; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Mar. 1954; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Bokungu ; [0°41ʹ S, 22°19ʹ E]; 1949; M. Dupuis leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♀♀; Ikela ; [1°11ʹ S, 23°16ʹ E]; 1955; R.P. Lootens leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Moma ; [1°05ʹ S, 23°23ʹ E]; Jun. 1925; J. Ghesquière leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   .

ERITREA • 1 ♀; DEI   .

GABON – Ogooué-Maritime Province • 1 ♀; 100 km S of Libreville, Bassin de la Bilagore ; [0°30ʹ24.3ʺ S, 9°30ʹ48ʺ E]; 1938; M. Dumez leg.; MNHN GoogleMaps   .

GHANA – Eastern Region • 1 ♀; Aburi; [5°50ʹ52ʺ N, 0°10ʹ28ʺ W]; W.H. Patterson leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps   . – Savannah Region • 1 ♂; Yapi [Yapei] ; [9°09ʹ08ʺ N, 1°08ʹ52ʺ W]; 1916; J.J. Simpson leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps   .

KENYA – Kilifi County • 1 ♀; Gedi Ruins, Malindi ; 3°17ʹ S, 40°02ʹ E; 8–12 Nov. 1989; A.J. Weaving leg.; AMG GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Rabai ; [3°55ʹ54ʺ N, 39°34ʹ13ʺ E]; Jun. 1928; V.G.L. van Someren leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps   . – Kwale County • 1 ♀; Diani Beach ; [4°16ʹ47ʺ S, 39°35ʹ40ʺ E]; Dec. 1951; N.L.H. Krauss leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps   . – Taita-Taveta County • 1 ♀; Voi River ; [3°23ʹ26ʺ S, 38°34ʹ37ʺ E]; 14 Apr. 2007; M. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps   .

MALAWI – Central Region • 1 ♂; Nkhotakota; [12°56ʹ S, 34°18ʹ E]; 2 Jan. 2002; J. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps   . – Southern Region • 1 ♀; Mlanje ; [16°01ʹ53ʺ S, 35°30ʹ E]; 19 May 1913; S.A. Neave leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps   .

MALI – Koulikoro Region • 1 ♂; Kati 25 km N of Bamako; [12°44ʹ48ʺ N, 8°04ʹ17ʺ W]; 28 Jul. 1991; M. Schwarz leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps   .

MOZAMBIQUE – Maputo City   1 ♂; Maputo ; [25°58ʹ S, 32°35ʹ E]; 12 Feb. 1994; G.G.M. Schulten leg.; RMNH GoogleMaps   . – Sofala Province • 1 ♀; Beira ; [19°50ʹ S, 34°51ʹ E]; 1 Aug. 1903; P. Krantz leg.; TMP GoogleMaps   .

NIGERIA – Osun State • 1 ♀; Ile-Ife ; [7°28ʹ56ʺ N, 4°33ʹ37ʺ E]; 25 Jan. 1974; J.T. Medler leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps   . – Oyo State • 1 ♂; Ibadan ; [7°22ʹ39ʺ N, 3°54ʹ21ʺ E]; “ii/ vii/47 ”; J.T. Medler leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps   .

REPUBLIC OF CÔTE D’IVOIRE – Lagunes District • 1 ♀; Lamto Ecological Research Station ; [6°13ʹ29.5ʺ N, 5°02ʹ4.8ʺ W]; 15–30 Mar. 1994; C. Girard leg.; MNHN GoogleMaps   .

REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO – Brazzaville Department • 1 ♀; Brazzaville ; [4°16ʹ04ʺ S, 15°17ʹ31ʺ E]; 21 Mar. 1966; MNHN GoogleMaps   . – Plateaux Department • 1 ♀; Batéké, MʹPo ; [2°00ʹ43.8ʺ S, 16°18ʹ30.7ʺ E]; 10– 14 Jan. 1977; S. Kellner-Pillaut leg.; MNHN GoogleMaps   . – Pool Department • 1 ♀; Kintelé ; [4°09ʹ S, 15°20ʹ32ʺ E]; 11 May 1978; G. Onore leg.; MNHN GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Mbé ; [3°18ʹ13.68ʺ S, 15°53ʹ51ʺ E]; 27 Apr. 1973; C. Morin leg.; MNHN GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Voka ; [4°40ʹ16ʺ S, 14°40ʹ25ʺ E]; 11 Nov. 1976; G. Onore leg.; MNHN GoogleMaps   .

SÃO TOMÉ AND PRÍNCIPE • 1 ♂, 2 ♀♀; Ile San Thomé ; [0°20ʹ11ʺ N, 6°43ʹ38ʺ E]; 14 Sep. 1924; H. De Saeger leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 19 Sep. 1924; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 1932; MRAC GoogleMaps   2 ♂♂, 5 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding; MRAC GoogleMaps   1 ♂; same locality as for preceding; 1919–1921; H.J. Snell leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps   .

SIERRA LEONE • 1 ♀, holotype or syntype of Sphex tuberculatus F. Smith, 1873   ; BMNH   1 ♀; Bumbumbo ; 15 Aug. 1912; J.J. Simpson leg.; BMNH. – Western Area   1 ♀; Freetown ; [8°29ʹ04ʺ N, 13°14ʹ04ʺ W]; E.E. Austen leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps   .

SOUTH AFRICA – Eastern Cape • 1 ♂; Sundays River ; 25 Feb. 1901; O’Neil leg.; TMP. –   KwaZulu- Natal • 1 ♀; Fanies Island ; 28°06ʹ S, 32°26ʹ E; AMG GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Lake St Lucia, False Bay ; 27°58ʹ S, 32°23ʹ E; 27 Jan.–2 Feb. 1993; A.J. Weaving leg.; AMG GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Lake St Lucia, Fanies Island ; 28°06ʹ S, 32°26ʹ E; 4–5 Mar. 1987; A.J. Weaving leg.; AMG GoogleMaps   . – Limpopo • 1 ♀; Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve ; 24°11ʹ S, 30°21ʹ E; 30 Oct.–3 Nov 2010; F. Koch leg.; THD-006-ZMB ; GenBank CO1 gene: MW538551 View Materials ; GenBank EF-1α gene: MW558239 View Materials ; GenBank LWR gene: MW582284 View Materials ; ZMB GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Sikororo [Ga- Sekororo]; [24°12ʹ27.6ʺ S, 30°24ʹ33.3ʺ E]; Jul. 1922; G.P.F. v. Dam leg.; TMP GoogleMaps   .

TANZANIA – Kagera Region • 1 ♂; Bukoba ; [1°19ʹ54ʺ S, 31°48ʹ44ʺ E]; 9–11 Jun. 1912; C.C. Gowdey leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps   . – Kilimanjaro Region • 1 ♂; Kilimanjaro; [3°04ʹ33ʺ S, 37°21ʹ12ʺ E]; Y. Sjöstedt leg.; NRS GoogleMaps   . – Pwani Region • 1 ♀; 15 km W of Kibiti; 7°47ʹ S, 38°49ʹ E; 15 Jan. 2007; J. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps   . – Shinyanga Region • 2 ♂♂; 100 km NWW of Kahama ; 3°25ʹ S, 31°47ʹ E; 24 Dec. 2006; J. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps   .

UGANDA – Central Region • 1 ♂; Entebbe ; [0°03ʹ N, 32°27ʹ36ʺ E]; 2 Apr. 1910; BMNH GoogleMaps   1 ♂; same locality as for preceding; 15–22 Jun. 1912; C.C. Gowdey leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps   .

ZAMBIA – North-Western Province • 2 ♂♂, 3 ♀♀; 150 km S of Mwinilunga; 13°11ʹ S, 24°14ʹ E; 18 Oct. 2008; M. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps   .

Description

Female

SIZE. 23.9–28.8 mm.

COLOR. Black except for the following, which are ferruginous: hindcoxa ventrally, hindtrochanter ventrally, hindfemur and proximal four-fifths of hindtibia. Cellular wing area hyaline, forewing with slightly fuscous spot beyond marginal cell.

VESTITURE. Appressed and erect setae on clypeus and paraocular area golden, on collar and scutum brownish-golden. Appressed setae on propodeal enclosure silvery, erect setae silvery-golden. Erect propodeal setae crimped, oriented posteriorly. Clypeus without glabrous stripe. Scutellum densely and finely pubescent.

STRUCTURE. Free clypeal margin with broad, shovel-like process medially, not stepped above. Clypeus without indentation and carina. Scutellum convex. Metanotum raised, notably bituberculate. 2 nd recurrent vein joins markedly proximal from interstitium between submarginal cells II and III. Propodeal enclosure without any notable ridges. Foretarsomere I 2.1–2.6 × length of antepenultimate spine. Petiole length 3.4–3.6× its medial width.

Male

SIZE. 21.8–24.1 mm.

COLOR. Black except for the following, which are ferruginous: hindcoxa ventrally, hindtrochanter ventrally, hindfemur and proximal four-fifths of hindtibia. Cellular wing area hyaline, forewing with slightly fuscous spot beyond marginal cell.

VESTITURE. Appressed and erect setae on clypeus and paraocular area golden, on collar and scutum brownish-golden. Appressed setae on propodeal enclosure silvery, erect setae silvery-golden. Erect propodeal setae crimped, oriented posteriorly. Clypeus without glabrous stripe. Scutellum densely and finely pubescent.

STRUCTURE. Free clypeal margin simple. Scutellum convex. Metanotum raised, notably bituberculate. 2 nd recurrent vein joins markedly proximal from interstitium between submarginal cells II and III. Propodeal enclosure without any notable ridges. Metasomal tergum VII dorsally stepped, with curved long setae, its posterior margin convex. Posterior margin of metasomal sternum VII simple. Metasomal sternum VIII concave towards center, its posterior margin triangular. Penis valvae fused, dorsoventrally S-shaped, mediolaterally with long and thin process. Valviceps broadened, dorsally open and elongated towards anterior. Petiole length 3.4–3.6 × its medial width. Flagellomeres IV–VI with broad placoids covering their entire length.

Variation

In some males, the facial and propodeal setae are on the verge of being silvery.

Distribution

Western to eastern and southeastern Africa.

NRS

Sweden, Stockholm, Naturhistoriska riksmuseet

MRAC

Belgium, Tervuren, Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale

DEI

Germany, Muencheberg, Deutsches Entomologisches Institut im ZALF

MNHN

France, Paris, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

ZMB

Germany, Berlin, Museum fuer Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universitaet

AMNH

USA, New York, New York, American Museum of Natural History

RMNH

Netherlands, Leiden, Nationaal Natuurhistorische Museum ("Naturalis") [formerly Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Historie]

TMP

Taiwan [Republic of China], Taipei, Taiwan Provincial Museum

NRS

Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet

MRAC

Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale

DEI

Senckenberg Deutsches Entomologisches Institut

ZMB

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Zoological Collections)

AMNH

American Museum of Natural History

AMG

Albany Museum

RMNH

National Museum of Natural History, Naturalis

TMP

Transvaal Museum

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Vespidae

Genus

Sphex

Loc

Sphex tomentosus Fabricius, 1787

Dörfel, Thorleif H. & Ohl, Michael 2022
2022
Loc

Sphex tuberculatus F. Smith, 1873: 291

Van der Vecht J. 1961: 29
Smith F. 1873: 291
1873
Loc

Sphex tomentosus

Fabricius J. C. 1787: 274
1787