Submitted to: ZooKeys
Publication Type: Peer reviewed journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/6/2011
Publication Date: 12/23/2011
Citation: Griswold, T.L., Gonazlez, V. 2011. New species of the Eastern Hemisphere genera Afroheriades and Noteriades (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). ZooKeys. 159:65-80. Interpretive Summary: Bees are among the most important pollinators of flowering plants in most ecosystems. There are more than 20,000 bee species worldwide. Yet many remain unknown to science. This paper describes three new species of resin bees of the genera Afroheriades from South Africa and Noteriades from Myanmar and Thailand. The paper presents descriptions and illustrations of the new species as well as identification guides that will allow other bee researchers to identify them in future studies. This paper contributes to our understanding of the diversity and distribution of these resin bees in South Africa and Southeast Asia.
Technical Abstract: New species of the rarely encountered megachilid genera Afroheriades Peters from South Africa, A. hyalinus sp. n., and Noteriades Cockerell from Myanmar and Thailand, N. jenniferae sp. n. and N. spinosus sp. n., are described and illustrated. The species are described to make their names available in forthcoming publications on phylogenetic studies of the family Megachilidae. Taxonomic notes and a comparative diagnosis for each genus are presented. Afroheriades hennigi (Peters) and A. reicherti (Brauns) are new junior synonyms of A. dolichocephalus (Friese). A key to the known species of Afroheriades is provided.