Apis meriana Olivier, 1789,

Nemésio, André & Rasmussen, Claus, 2011, Nomenclatural issues in the orchid bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Euglossina) and an updated catalogue, Zootaxa 3006, pp. 1-42: 9-10

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.203410

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4752372

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/41351A6B-7427-FFA1-FF65-5E42FB1CB4F0

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Plazi

scientific name

Apis meriana Olivier, 1789
status

 

Apis meriana Olivier, 1789  and Apis dimidiata Fabricius, 1793 

Description of the NEOTYPE male (same specimen for both species) ( Fig. 4View FIGURE 4): Measurements: total length ca. 26.0 mm; head width ca. 7.3 mm; eye length ca. 5.0 mm; scutellum width ca. 5.5 mm; scutellum length ca. 3.2 mm; abdominal width ca. 11.0 mm. Color and vestiture. Face and head entirely black ( Fig. 4View FIGURE 4 C), mesosoma dark brown with black hairs, T 1 –T 4 dark with greenish metallic hues, first 2 / 3 of its length clothed in black setae and distal 1 / 3 clothed in yellow setae; T 5 –T 7 brown with predominantly long reddish setae ( Fig. 4View FIGURE 4 A); fifth sternum with very sparse setae ( Fig. 4View FIGURE 4 B). Legs. Velvet area of mesotibia not reaching the distal portion, leaving only a broad black area around; mesotibial tuft small, occupying the basal first quarter of the velvet area ( Fig. 4View FIGURE 4 D); metatibia covered with very sparse black hairs.

Diagnosis. Eulaema meriana  is similar to the sympatric El. bombiformis ( Packard, 1869)  . Nevertheless, they can easily be distinguished by the presence of dense setae on the fifth sternum of El. bombiformis  , leaving only a glabrous median longitudinal line (only sparse and short setae on the fifth sternum in El. meriana  ).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Apidae

Genus

Apis