Alice Springs Fauna •

Alice Springs BeesAmegilla Bee Braunsapis sp Bright-white Masked Bee Bush Bee Ceylalictus perditellus European Honey Bee Exoneurella eremophila Golden-browed Resin Bee Lasioglossum (Homalictus) Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) Lipotriches Megachile deanii Red-headed Masked Bee Stenotritidae genus Stenotritus Xanthesma (Xenohesma)

Pictured is the Euryglossinae Xanthesma (Xenohesma) – deceased (from a swimming pool in Alice Springs).

Superfamily Euryglossinae, genus Xanthesma (Xenohesma) female, Alice Springs NT
Superfamily Euryglossinae, genus Xanthesma (Xenohesma) female, Alice Springs NT
Superfamily Euryglossinae, genus Xanthesma (Xenohesma) female, Alice Springs NT
Superfamily Euryglossinae, genus Xanthesma (Xenohesma) female, Alice Springs NT

A new study by Curtin and Flinders Universities has found that what were thought to be two different species of native Australian bee are in fact one.

Lead researcher Dr Kit Prendergast from the Curtin School of Molecular and Life Sciences said the study, based on native bee surveys at Perth locations of Wireless Hill, Shenton Park and Russo Reserve, fundamentally alters previous thinking.

Source: Lucien Wilkinson, Curtin University3
Superfamily Euryglossinae, genus Xanthesma (Xenohesma) female, Alice Springs NT
Superfamily Euryglossinae, genus Xanthesma (Xenohesma) female, Alice Springs NT

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Euryglossinae
  • Genus: Xanthesma
  • Subgenus: Xanthesma (Xenohesma) Michener, 1965

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks to Josh Whitehead, Ken Walker and Gary Taylor for ID, member of Bee Aware of Your Native Bees (Australia), Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/beeawareofyournativebees
  2. Prendergast KS & Dorey JB (2023). Xanthesma (Xenohesma) perpulchra and Xanthesma (Xanthesma) brachycera are conspecific based on DNA barcodes. Australian Journal of Taxonomy 39: 1–10. doi: https://doi.org/10.54102/ajt.df83w
  3. Two bee species become one as researchers solve identity puzzle, 30 OCT 2023, Lucien Wilkinson, Curtin University, https://www.curtin.edu.au/news/media-release/two-bee-species-become-one-as-researchers-solve-identity-puzzle/
  4. Two bee species become one as researchers solve identity puzzle, 30 October 2023, by Curtin University, Phys.org, Science X Network, https://phys.org/news/2023-10-bee-species-identity-puzzle.html

Alice Springs BeesAmegilla Bee Braunsapis sp Bright-white Masked Bee Bush Bee Ceylalictus perditellus European Honey Bee Exoneurella eremophila Golden-browed Resin Bee Lasioglossum (Homalictus) Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) Lipotriches Megachile deanii Red-headed Masked Bee Stenotritidae genus Stenotritus Xanthesma (Xenohesma)

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