An overlooked family-group name among bees: Availability of Coelioxoidini (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

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Michael S. Engel
Victor Gonzalez
Claus Rasmussen


Recent phylogenetic analysis of the family Apidae has applied the tribal name Coelioxoidini to the distinctive genus Coelioxoides Cresson, which has been thought to be related to Tetrapedia Klug.  However, the nomenclatural status of such a family-group name has not yet been assessed.  Herein, we determine that this family-group name is available and discuss its authorship and proposal date.

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