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Native erythrurum halictid

Scientific Name
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) erythrurum
Scientific Author
(Cockerell, 1914)
(Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Halictinae: Halictini)
Native Australian Beneficial Species

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Diagnostic Images

Dorsal view - male
WA. 1km W King Lake, 2 Nov 1989, KLW. det. K. Walker 1994
Ken Walker Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes

Halictus erythrurus Cockerell, 1914: 504-505.
Halictus cyclognathus Cockerell, 1914: 511. syn.
Halictus rufotinctus Cockerell, 1915: 7-8. syn.
Halictus forticornis Cockerell, 1916: 372. syn.
Halictus erythrurus atrocyaneus Cockerell, 1918: 117. syn.
Halictus basilucens Cockerell, 1923: 239. syn.
Halictus erythrurus maiusculus Rayment, 1930: 53. syn.
Halictus suberythrurus Rayment, 1935: 691. syn. nov.
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) erythrurum. - Michener, 1965: 176.
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) cyclognathum. - Michener, 1965: 176.
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) rufotinctum. - Michener, 1965: 177.
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) forticorne. - Michener, 1965: 176.
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) atrocyaneum. - Michener, 1965: 175.
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) basilucens. - Michener, 1965: 175.
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) maiusculum. - Michener, 1965: 176.
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) suberythrurum. - Michener, 1965: 177.

Halictus erythrurus atrocyaneus Cockerell, T.D.A. 1918. Some bees collected in Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 6: 112–120 [117].
Type data: Holotype USNM 58168 ?, Brisbane, QLD.

Halictus basilucens Cockerell, T.D.A. 1923. Descriptions and records of bees. XCVIII. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 9 12: 238–247 [239].
Type data: Holotype QM ?, Bribie Is., QLD.

Halictus cyclognathus Cockerell, T.D.A. 1914. Descriptions and records of bees. LIX. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 8 13: 504–522 [511].
Type data: Holotype ANIC ?, Croydon, VIC.

Halictus erythrurus Cockerell, T.D.A. 1914. Descriptions and records of bees. LIX. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 8 13: 504–522 [504].
Type data:
Syntype(s) USNM ?, Croydon, VIC; NMV T-10463 ?, Croydon, VIC.

Halictus forticornis Cockerell, T.D.A. 1916. Some bees from Australia, Tasmania and the New Hebrides. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 68: 360–375 [372].
Type data: Holotype BMNH Hym.17.a.940 ?, Kalamunda, WA.

Halictus erythrurus maiusculus Rayment, T. 1930. Notes on a collection of bees from Western Australia. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Western Australia 16: 45–56 [53].
Type data: Holotype ANIC ?, Perth, WA.

Halictus rufotinctus Cockerell, T.D.A. 1915. Descriptions and records of bees. LXVIII. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 8 16: 1–9 [7].
Type data: Holotype QM Hy4120 ?, Brisbane, QLD.

Halictus suberythrurus Rayment, T. 1935. A Cluster of Bees. Sixty essays on the life-histories of Australian bees, with specific descriptions of over 100 new species, and an introduction by Professor E.F. Phillips, D.Ph., Cornell University, U.S.A. Sydney : Endeavour Press. 752 pp. [691].
Type data: Holotype ANIC ?, Balmoral, VIC.

Full description

Diagnosis. Most like L. mundulum. Female with head and propodeum black, mesoscutum dull metallic green-blue with copper tinge, metasoma red-brown except T1 with black on anterior two thirds, frons striate, mesoscutum anterior margin rounded, shining, closely to densely punctate, dorsal surface of propodeum ruguloso-striolate, defined by posterolateral carinae, fore tibial spur fan shaped. Male with body black, antennae long (FL 2.0 þ UID), AS4:AS2+3=1, lower frons and paraocular areas with dense cover of hair forming a mat, S2--S4 with sparse cover of posteriorly directed, plumose hair, forewings with 2nd r-m weaker than 1st r-m.

Remarks. See Remarks on L. hemichalceum. Lasioglossum erythrurum and L. hemichalceum and are part of the so called ``erythrurum`` spec

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Museum Victoria
Walker, K.
19/07/2009 11:00 AEST
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01/10/2011 17:44 AEST
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