A minute stingless bee in Eocene Fushan amber from northeastern China (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

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Michael S. Engel
Charles D. Michener

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The first fossil bee in Eocene amber of the Fushan Coalfield, Liaoning, China is described and figured.  Exebotrigona velteni Engel & Michener, new genus and species (Apinae: Meliponini) is based on a stingless bee worker and is remarkably similar in several apomorphic traits to the species of the New World genus Trigonisca Moure s.l.  The diversity of fossil and subfossil Meliponini is briefly summarized, as are the characters and possible affinities of Exebotrigona.

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