TAXONOMY OF THE BEE GENUS AMEGILLA FRIESE (APOIDEA, APIDAE: ANTHOPHORINI) WITH EIGHT SPECIES FIRST EVER RECORDED FROM RAJASTHAN, INDIA WITH A DICHOTOMOUS KEY AND A COMPLETE DISTRIBUTION RECORD
Jagdish Saini, S. L. Sharma and Rajiv K. Gupta*
Dept. of Zoology, J. N. V. University, Jodhpur, India
[Corresponding author E-mail-*: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Received: 09-10-2016 Accepted: 28-11-2016
The genus Amegilla Friese (Apoidea, Apidae: Anthophorini) has more than 250 species which represents the second largest group within the Anthophorini. Total 21 species are known from the India. They are widely distributed all over country. This paper presents an identification key for the Indian genera of the tribe followed by taxonomy of genus Amegilla. A dichotomous key for a total of 8 species (A. cingulifera, A. confusa, A. dizona, A. fallax, A. mucorea, A. niveocincta, A. violacea and A. zonata) recorded for the first time from Rajasthan has been presented. The identification characters of the genus follow a dichotomous key for these species separately for males and females. Their synonymies and complete distribution record further supplements the information.
Keywords: Amegilla Friese, dichotomous key, taxonomy, distribution