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Sympatry among Subspecies of Melipona favosa in Colombia and a Taxonomic Revision

Guiomar Nates Parra and David W. Roubik
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society
Vol. 63, No. 1 (Jan., 1990), pp. 200-203
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25085163
Page Count: 4
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Sympatry among Subspecies of Melipona favosa in Colombia and a Taxonomic Revision
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Abstract

Melipona favosa is a circum-Amazonian bee having its northernmost population in Panama. Some subspecies are polytopic and do not correspond strictly to one locality but rather to type of environment or possibly to comimics. A lack of genitalic differences in males of a Colombian bee that we describe, and also between the two most widely separated subspecies and their workers, 25°S in Argentina and 9°N in Panama, and the existence of intermediate forms or hybrids suggest all belong to a single species. We propose that M. favosa orbignyi applies to bees from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, SE Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Panama, and also recognize as subspecies favosa (Caribbean, N South America), subnitida (NE Brazil) and tentatively baeri (NW Argentina). M. peruviana, by the male genitalia and workers, is a distinct species.

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