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A new species of the cleptoparasitic orchid bee genus Exaerete from northern Venezuela (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

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A new species of the cleptoparasitic orchid bee genus Exaerete Hoffmannsegg (Apinae: Euglossini) is described and figured from a series of males collected in the coastal region of Aragua, Venezuela. Exaerete fallaciosa, sp. n., is most similar to E. trochanterica (Friese) and E. kimseyae Oliveira but differs in males by a unique combination of features including the shape, sculpturing, and setation of the labrum, tegula, mesoscutellum, mesobasitarsus, and male terminalia. A new key to the species is provided and the frontalis species-group segregated into subgenus Hybomelissa, subgen. n.
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Keywords: ANTHOPHILA; APOIDEA; CLEPTOPARASITE; IDENTIFICATION KEY; ORCHID BEE; VENEZUELA

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 July 2018

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