Paratetrapedia vogeli, Aguiar & Melo, 2011

Aguiar, Antonio J. C. & Melo, Gabriel A. R., 2011, Revision and phylogeny of the bee genus Paratetrapedia Moure, with description of a new genus from the Andean Cordillera (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Tapinotaspidini), Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 162 (2), pp. 351-442 : 384-385

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Paratetrapedia vogeli



( FIGS 68, 81 View Figures 77–84 , 94, 127, 199, 200)

Comments and diagnosis: Paratetrapedia vogeli is very similar to species with brown integument of the bicolor group. Males of P. vogeli are distinct from P. bicolor and P. calcarata by S6 with two conspicuous rows of hairs on lateral margins ( Fig. 81 View Figures 77–84 ). Paratetrapedia vogeli differs from P. basilaris by antennal scape of male dilated laterally on distal portion and terga with marginal zone completely brown. Females of P. vogeli can be confused with those of P. andina because of their sympatric distribution, and similar colour and morphology. Paratetrapedia vogeli is distinguished by pronotal collar being acutely lamellate throughout its length.


Holotype male: Body length: 7.2; maximum head width: 2.4; fore wing length (including tegula): 7.2. Colour. Integument mostly dark brown; mandible with basal half pale yellow and apical half black; labrum pale yellow; clypeus with two yellow spots on lateral margins; paraocular area with yellow stripe occupying lower half; frons with thin yellow stripe along the mid line (c. 0.2 ¥ F2 diameter); scape weakly yellow laterally; mesoscutum black with two faint yellow stripes on disc; T2 and S2 with disc pale yellow, almost white. Fore wing membrane brown infumate, with dark brown microtrichia; veins and pterostigma orange yellow. Pubescence. Paraocular area, frons, vertex, genal area, mesepisternum, metepisternum, propodeum, and sternal margins mostly with whitish pubescence; mesoscutum, scutellum, tergal margins, and legs with pubescence mostly brown. Scape with long setae on inner face, c. 0.08 mm in length; mesoscutum and scutellum with short plumose pale brown pubescence; metapostnotum with short plumose setae, c. 0.2 mm in length. Margins of T4–T6 mostly glabrous; margin of S2–S3 with continuous rows of simple setae; S4 and S5 typical of genus; S6 with two rows of plumose hairs on margin laterally, and plumose hairs on margin of apex. Integument sculpture. Clypeus with coarse shallow punctures (1 pd), intermingled amongst sparse minute punctures (2 pd); supraclypeal area with coarse punctures (0.5–2 pd); frons with dense coarse punctures on disc (0.5 pd), and finer dense punctures on lateral portions and antennal scrobe (<0.5 pd); antennal scrobe with small smooth area. Mesoscutum with dense fine punctures (<0.5 pd) intermingled amongst sparse coarse punctures (> 2 pd); metapostnotum with dense fine punctures (<0.5 pd), with finer punctures on lateral margins; mesepisternum mostly smooth, with sparse fine punctures (> 2 pd). Vertical surface of T1 with dense minute punctures (1 pd). Structure. Scape with apical portion dilated laterally; pronotal collar with lamella acute throughout its length; scutellum biconvex. Head about 1.2¥ broader than long (2.4: 2.0); ratio between lower interocular distance to upper interocular distance: 0.84 (1.1: 1.33); clypeus about 2.1¥ broader than long (1.07: 0.57); scape: length 0.65, maximum width 0.2; length of F1–F3: 0.2, 0.12, 0.22; diameter of F2: 0.2.

Paratype female: Body length: 7.6; fore wing length (including tegula): 7.1; maximum head width: 2.6. Colour. Similar to male, except for the yellow marks on face faint; mandible with basal half pale yellow; labrum completely brown; clypeus with two small yellow faint spots on lateral portions; frons with yellow stripe on mid line (c. 0.2 ¥ F2 diameter); mesoscutum with two faint yellow stripes on disc; axilla pale yellow dorsally. Disc of T2 pale yellow, almost white; S2–S3 pale yellow, almost white. Pubescence. Similar to male; scutellum with simple sparse erect setae, c. 0.3 mm in length. Marginal bands on terga similar to male, except for marginal bands complete on T5–T6. Sterna with row of setae on margin, weakly oval sinuated on mid portion. Integument sculpture. Clypeus with dense coarse punctures (<0.5 pd); frons with dense coarse punctures on disc (<0.5 pd), and dense minute punctures on lateral portions (<0.5 pd). Vertical surface of T1 with dense minute punctures (0.5 pd). Structure. Similar to male; scutellum with profile convex, mid line slightly concave. Head c. 1.2¥ broader than long (2.6: 2.1); ratio of lower interocular distance to upper interocular distance: 0.85 (1.2: 1.4); clypeus c. 1.95¥ broader than long (1.17: 0.6); scape: length 0.65, maximum width 0.17; length of F1–F3: 0.22; 0.12; 0.17; diameter of F2: 0.2.

Variation: The yellow marks on clypeus, paraocular area, frons, mesoscutum, and scutellum can be faint or completely absent.

Etymology: The species name is dedicated to Dr Stefan Vogel.

Distribution: Brazil: Acre, Mato Grosso; Peru ( Fig. 68).

Type material: Holotype male, ‘ DZUP \ 022025’ ‘ Quincemil-Cuzco \ PERU 20 X-61\ LUIS E PENA’ . Paratypes: BRAZIL: Acre: 1 male ( RPSP), ‘Brasil- Acre \ RBr-UFAC/PZ.\ Data 29/11/1994 ’ ‘ A.H. Machado \ E.M. Santos’ ‘ No 320’, 4 males and 1 female, idem except ‘ No 317’, ‘ Data 04/05/1995 ’ ‘904’, ‘ Data 28/02/1995 ’ ‘ No 495’, ‘ Data 08/06/1995 ’ ‘1045’, ‘ Data 08/06/1995 ’ ‘1025’; 1 male, ‘ DZUP \ 022009’ ‘CRUZEIRO DO SUL\ ACRE-Brasil II-63\ M. Alvarenga’ ; 1 female ( INPA), ‘BRASIL-ACRE\ R . Branco- UFAC\ 29\04\1993\ M.L. Oliveira’; Mato Grosso: 1 male, ‘ DZUP \ 022689’ ‘ Chapada dos\ Guimarães, MT \ 8-1-1987 \ C. Elias leg.’; PERU: 1 female ( CLAUS) ,’ PERU, JU , Valle Chan-\ chamayo, Pichanaki \ Puente Ipoki , 658 masl \ S 11 00,840 W 74 44,747\ 27x01 C. Rasmussen leg.’; 2 males ( CLAUS) , ‘ PERU, M, Tambopata \ Jungle Lodge , 225 m. a.s.l.\ S 12 49,456 W 69 24,163\ 9-20x01, C Rasmussen leg.’; 1 male ( AMNH) , ‘ Peru, Quincemil ,\ on branch R . Manu \ Madre de Dios Prov. \ X-16-31-1962 ’; 1 female, ‘ DZUP \ 022602’ ‘Quincemil-Cuzco\ PERU 9 XI 62\ LUIS E PENA’, 2 males and 1 female ( DZUP), idem except ‘022654’, ‘20 X 61’ ‘022212’, ‘20 X 61’ ‘022011 ’.


Universidade Federal do Parana, Colecao de Entomologia Pe. Jesus Santiago Moure


Universidade de Sao Paulo


Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia


Departamento de Geologia, Universidad de Chile


Mus. Tinro, Vladyvostok


Jinan University


American Museum of Natural History