Green orchid bee Euglossa dilemma, copyright Bob Peterson.

Belongs within: Apidae.
Contains: Electrapini, Bombini, Meliponini, Apis.

The Corbiculata are a clade of bees characterised by modification of the hind tibia of females into a corbicula (with a broad hairless patch fringed by long curved hairs) for carrying pollen; many members of the clade are eusocial (Engel 2001).

Characters (from Engel 2001): Mandibular pollex expanded. Metatibia modified into corbicula; metabasitibial plate absent; inner apical margin of metatibia with rastellum; auricle frequently present. Wings uniformly setose. Prepygidial fimbria and pygidial plate absent.

<==Corbiculata [Apes]
    |  i. s.: Electrobombus Engel 2001 [Electrobombini] E01
    |           `--*E. samlandensis Engel 2001 E01
    |         Electrapini E01
    |--Euglossini [Euglossae, Euglossinae] CSD10
    |    |--Eufriesea CSD10 [incl. Paleoeuglossa Poinar 1998 E01]
    |    |    |--E. melissiflora (Poinar 1998) [=*Paleoeuglossa melissiflora] E01
    |    |    |--E. mexicana PK17
    |    |    |--E. pulchra (Smith 1854) CSD10
    |    |    `--E. surinamensis (Linnaeus 1758) CSD10
    |    `--+--Eulaema meriana (Olivier 1789) CSD10
    |       `--+--Aglae caerulea Lepeletier & Audinet-Serville 1825 CSD10
    |          `--+--Exaerete frontalis (Guérin-Méneville 1845) CSD10
    |             `--Euglossa Latreille 1802 PK17, L02a
    |                  |--E. cordata (Linnaeus 1758) L02a, L58 [=Apis cordata L02a]
    |                  |--E. dilemma PK17
    |                  |--E. gulosa L02b [=Andrena gulosa L02a, Apis gulosa L02b]
    |                  |--E. imperialis Cockerell 1922 CSD10
    |                  |--E. morenei CSD10
    |                  `--E. piliventris Guérin-Méneville 1845 CSD10
    `--+--+--Bombini PK17
       |  `--+--Meliponini CSD10
       |     `--Melikertini E01
       |          |--Melissites Engel 2001 E01
       |          |    `--*M. trigona Engel 2001 E01
       |          |--Roussyana Manning 1960 [=Russyana (l. c.)] E01
       |          |    `--*R. palmnickenensis (Roussy 1937) (see below for synonymy) E01
       |          |--Melikertes Engel 1998 E01
       |          |    |--*M. stilbonotus (Engel 1998) [=Electrapis (Melikertes) stilbonota] E01
       |          |    |--M. clypeatus Engel 2001 E01
       |          |    `--M. proavus (Menge 1856) (see below for synonymy) E01
       |          `--Succinapis Engel 2001 E01
       |               |--S. goeleti Engel 2001 E01
       |               `--+--*S. proboscidea Engel 2001 E01
       |                  `--S. micheneri Engel 2001 E01
       `--Apis PK17

Melikertes proavus (Menge 1856) [=Apis proava, Electrapis (Melikertes) proava, E. (Roussyana) proava, Trigona (R.) proava] E01

*Roussyana palmnickenensis (Roussy 1937) [=Apis palmnickenensis, Electrapis (Roussyana) palmnickenensis, Trigona (R.) palmnickenensis, Roussyana palmuickenensis (l. c.); incl. Electrapis minuta Kelner-Pillault 1970] E01

*Type species of generic name indicated


[CSD10] Cardinal, S., J. Straka & B. N. Danforth. 2010. Comprehensive phylogeny of apid bees reveals the evolutionary origins and antiquity of cleptoparasitism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 107 (37): 16207–16211.

[E01] Engel, M. S. 2001. A monograph of the Baltic amber bees and evolution of the Apoidea (Hymenoptera). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 259: 1–192.

[L02a] Latreille, P. A. 1802a. Histoire Naturelle des Fourmis, et recueil de mémoires et d'observations sur les abeilles, les araignées, les faucheurs, et autres insectes. Théophile Barrois père: Paris.

[L02b] Latreille, P. A. 1802b. Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière des crustacés et des insectes vol. 3. Familles naturelles des genres. F. Dufart: Paris.

[L58] Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentii Salvii: Holmiae.

[PK17] Peters, R. S., L. Krogmann, C. Mayer, A. Donath, S. Gunkel, K. Meusemann, A. Kozlov, L. Podsiadlowski, M. Petersen, R. Lanfear, P. A. Diez, J. Heraty, K. M. Kjer, S. Klopfstein, R. Meier, C. Polidori, T. Schmitt, S. Liu, X. Zhou, T. Wappler, J. Rust, B. Misof & O. Niehuis. 2017. Evolutionary history of the Hymenoptera. Current Biology 27 (7): 1013–1018.

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