n African Entomology - Phylogeny of the bee tribe Fideliini (Hymenoptera : Megachilidae), with the description of a new genus from southern Africa
|Article Title||Phylogeny of the bee tribe Fideliini (Hymenoptera : Megachilidae), with the description of a new genus from southern Africa|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Publication Date||Sep 2002|
|Pages||305 - 313|
|Keyword(s)||Biogeography, Cladistics, Fideliinae, Fideliopsis and Taxonomy|
A cladistic analysis of the bee tribe Fideliini was undertaken based on adult morphology. All 11 described species of the tribe were included for analysis from which a single topology resulted. The Chilean genus Neofidelia was found to be monophyletic as was the African lineage. The subgenera Fidelia (Fidelia) and F. (Fideliana) were recovered as monophyletic, while F. (Parafidelia) was identified to be paraphyletic. The new genus Fideliopsis is proposed for Fidelia ornata (Cockerell) and F. major (Friese), both previously included in F. (Parafidelia). Fideliopsis is supported as the sister group of Fidelia sensu lato. Fidelia (Parafidelia), in the new sense it is considered herein, is monophyletic and sister to the subgenera Fideliana + Fidelia sensu stricto. The biogeography and plant associations of Fideliini are briefly considered.
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