XanthesmaXanthesma (Xenohesma) perpulchra Xanthesma (Xenohesma) perpulchra and Xanthesma (Xanthesma) brachycera

Xanthesma (Xenohesma) perpulchra. Cockerell established ‘perpulchra’ in 1916 based only on males from the Perth region. Exley in 1968 established Xanthesma vittata based only on females. Her holotype was from the NT and she noted some differences in specimens from WA. Even if X. vittata proves to be the female of X. perpulchra, the latter name will take priority.

Source: Marc Newman
Xanthesma (Xenohesma) perpulchra, Muchea WA © Marc Newman
Xanthesma (Xenohesma) perpulchra, Muchea WA © Marc Newman

Photos taken in the vicinity of an area of Canning River East Branch where it spreads out on the plain making a winter wetland provided enough rain falls. Surrounding roads are Brookton Highway, Rutherglen Road and Boundary Road. This specimen was < 5 mm.

Xanthesma (Xenohesma) perpulchra, Canning River East Branch WA © Jean and Fred Hort
Xanthesma (Xenohesma) perpulchra, Canning River East Branch WA © Jean and Fred Hort
Xanthesma (Xenohesma) perpulchra, Canning River East Branch WA © Jean and Fred Hort
Xanthesma (Xenohesma) perpulchra, Canning River East Branch WA © Jean and Fred Hort
Xanthesma (Xenohesma) perpulchra, Canning River East Branch WA © Jean and Fred Hort
Xanthesma (Xenohesma) perpulchra, Canning River East Branch WA © Jean and Fred Hort

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

    Footnote & References

    1. Xanthesma (Xenohesma) perpulchra © Marc Newman
    2. Xanthesma (Xenohesma) perpulchra © Jean and Fred Hort
    3. Xanthesma (Xenohesma) Michener, 1965, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/d9ecf5bf-4a88-4b9b-bcc1-61bad7528158

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