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Native tertium halictid

Scientific Name
Lasioglossum (Australictus) tertium
Scientific Author
(Dalla Torre, 1896)
(Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Halictinae: Halictini)
Native Australian Beneficial Species

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Diagnostic Images

Lateral view - female
Australia: Victoria, Lakes Entrance, March 1992, K. Walker
Ken Walker Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes

Halictus rufipes Smith, F. (1853). Catalogue of Hymenopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum. Part I. Andrenidae and Apidae. London: British Museum 197 pp. [56] [junior primary homonym of Halictus rufipes Fabricius, 1793].

Type data: holotype BMNH Hym.17.a.2837 .
Type locality: Melbourne, VIC.

Halictus tertius Dalla Torre, K.W. (1896). Catalogus Hymenopterorum Hucusque Descriptorum Systematicus et Synonymicus. Apidae (Anthophila). Lipsiae: G. Engelmann Vol. x 643 pp. [86] [nom. nov. for Halictus rufipes Smith, 1853].

Parasphecodes rufitarsus Rayment, T. (1929). Bees from East Gippsland. Vic. Nat. (Melb.) 46: 124-129 [127].

Type data: holotype NMV .
Type locality: Cann River, VIC.

Possibly synonymies:  Michener seemed to primarily use the metasomal colour bands to distinguish his species and he commented on the similarity with L. insculptum. Apart from Michener's type series, I have located a few other specimens with similar colour markings and all are around the Cunningham's Gap area suggesting some kind of colour morph variant in that area.  The male genitalia show no difference with other L. tertium (see comparative image using one of Michener's male paratypes.) Also note that specimens of these possibly synonymies occur slightly north of the in SE Qld to where the remainder of the L. tertium have been recorded.

Lasioglossum (Australictus) fulvofasciae Michener, C.D. (1965). A classification of the bees of the Australian and South Pacific regions. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 130: 1-362 [310].

Type data: holotype QM T6910 .
Type locality: 3 miles W Cunninghams Gap, QLD.

Parasphecodes insculptus Cockerell, T.D.A. (1918). Some bees collected in Queensland. Mem. Qld. Mus. 6: 112-120 [118].

Type data: holotype QM Hy4142 .
Type locality: Mt Tamborine, QLD.

No species description available


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Walker, K.
27/08/2008 01:30 AEST
Last Updated
16/07/2010 10:05 AEST
Walker, K. (2008) Native tertium halictid (Lasioglossum (Australictus) tertium) Updated on 7/16/2010 10:05:12 AM Available online: PaDIL -
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