On the identity of <i>Colletes neoqueenensis</i> (Colletidae: Colletinae) from southern South America

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Rafael Rodrigues Ferrari


Colletes neoqueenensis Friese, 1910 is a rare species from southern Argentina known to me from its type series only. The species has also been recorded from Chile, but its occurrence in that country remains to be confirmed. Examination of some museum specimens misidentified as C. neoqueenensis indicates that bee taxonomists are often unaware of its actual identity. To clarify this, I provide a series of diagnostic characters as well as a detailed redescription of the female lectotype. High quality photographs of the type specimen are also given so the species can be more easily identified.

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Rafael Rodrigues Ferrari, York University

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