Question regarding Proteriades
- According to some older sources Proteriades is of genera status while
Michener's Bees of the World shows that Proteriades is a subgenera of
Hoplitis. Can anyone tell me what is currently accepted as correct?
- Male Proteriades have basal flaps on S6 which makes them part of Hoplitis sensu Michcner, 2000. The molecular phylogeny of Praz et al, 2008 clearly put the lone exemplar of Proteriades in their study (H. zuni) within Hoplitis.bestJackJohn L. Neff
Central Texas Melittological Institute
7307 Running Rope
Austin,TX 78731 USA
Nearly all currently recognized world bee taxa are listed here (excepting
only some extremely obscure or problematic taxa not treated properly in
revisions or catalogs):
The list now includes 19,767 valid bee species. Tens of thousands of
synonyms and valid subspecific names are also recorded. These "other
names" should be complete for nearly all New World and Western European
taxa and for many others). Note that this list is far more accurate and
complete than the ITIS World Bee Checklist (now being updated to
incorporate hundreds of significant additions and corrections as yet
accessible only through Discover Life).
All the names in this list should be accurate and current as of 24 March,
2011. The rank or optimal name for certain taxa are controversial, but I
think most authorities have been happy to recognize Proteriades as a genus
subsequent to Michener (2000).
You can search upon all of the names by locality, family-group and
genus-group taxa and certain other variables (e.g., presence in AMNH and
Cornell collections) using the following dynamic guide:
If you click the box next to subgenus Proteriades and hit "Send" you will
retrieve in the left sidebar of the guide a list of all 22 Hoplitis
species belonging to this subgenus. Note that all historical combinations
in Proteriades are listed among "other names" for each of these species
(and those belonging to other subgenera formerly included in genus
Proteriades) even if this is not the original or current combination.
Note that additional subgenera now included in Hoplitis, such as Acrosmia,
Hoplitina, Penteriades, used to be in genus Proteriades in addition to
subgenus Proteriades (see Michener, McGinley, and Danforth, 1994).
I welcome any feedback on the bee names, distributions, and other data,
especially additions and corrections no matter how obscure. Please send
technical comments and queries regarding the guide and checklist
technology to John Pickering of Discover Life.
> According to some older sources Proteriades is of genera status while--
> Michener's Bees of the World shows that Proteriades is a subgenera of
> Hoplitis. Can anyone tell me what is currently accepted as correct?
John S. Ascher, Ph.D.
Bee Database Project Manager
Division of Invertebrate Zoology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West @ 79th St.
New York, NY 10024-5192
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>The rank or optimal name for certain taxa are controversial, but II think it's safe to say that John meant to write "subgenus" here. ;-)
>think most authorities have been happy to recognize Proteriades as a genus
>subsequent to Michener (2000).
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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