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The Known Bee Fauna of the Dominican Amber

Charles D. Michener and George Poinar, Jr.
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society
Vol. 69, No. 4, Supplement: Special Publication Number 2: Proceedings of the Eickwort Memorial Symposium (Oct., 1996), pp. 353-361
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25085730
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The Known Bee Fauna of the Dominican Amber
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Abstract

The bees so far recognized in the probably early Oligocene to early Miocene Dominican amber are: one colletid (Chilicola gracilis new species), one andrenid (Heterosarus eickworti Rozen), four halictids (Eickwortapis dominicana new genus and species, Oligochlora eickworti Engel and O. micheneri Engel, and an unnamed Neocorynura) and three apids [Proplebeia dominicana (Wille and Chandler) and two unnamed meliponines]. The male of P. dominicana is here described for the first time. While the genera Eickwortapis, Oligochlora, and Proplebeia do not exist in the Recent fauna, all are close relatives of Recent genera. The affinites of the fauna are clearly neotropical. The presence of Colletidae, Andrenidae, and Halictidae in the Dominican amber indicates similarity to the modern fauna and to mid Tertiary deposits in North America and Eurasia, and contrasts with the older (late Eocene) Baltic amber that lacks these three families.

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