Filling the Egyptian pollinator knowledge-gap: checklist of flower-visiting insects in South Sinai, with new records for Egypt

Norfolk, Olivia and Dathe, Holger (2019) Filling the Egyptian pollinator knowledge-gap: checklist of flower-visiting insects in South Sinai, with new records for Egypt. Beiträge zur Entomologie (Contributions to Entomology), 69 (1). pp. 174-185. ISSN 0005-805X

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Abstract

Flower visitor surveys were conducted across the St Katherine Protectorate of South Sinai, Egypt, between April-July 2012 and 2013. We present a checklist of 112 species of flower visitors belonging to the orders Coleoptera, Diptera, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera. The Hymenoptera were the most diverse group of flower visitors, consisting of 69 species from eight families: Apidae (14), Colletidae (8), Crabronidae (10), Halictidae (13), Megachilidae (19), Scoliidae (1), Sphecidae (2) and Vespidae (2). We recorded nine species that were endemic to the region and thirteen that were new to the Egyptian fauna, including one new to science, Hylaeus oliviae Dathe, 2015. The study provides a valuable initial checklist of pollinators within the St Katherine Protectorate, but the description of novel species and the high proportion of new records for Egypt suggest that species numbers are likely to be underestimated. We highlight the need for future research into Egyptian pollinator fauna, particularly within the St Katherine Protectorate where endemic bees are still being described. Jeweils von April bis Juli der Jahre 2012 und 2013 wurden im gesamten St. Katherine Protektorat Süd-Sinai (Ägypten) Blütenbesuche von Insekten registriert. Im Ergebnis entstand eine Checklist von 112 blütenbesuchenden Insektenarten aus den Ordnungen Coleoptera, Diptera, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera und Lepidoptera. Dabei waren die Hymenopteren mit 69 Arten aus acht Familien in der größten Vielfalt vertreten: Apidae (14 spp.), Colletidae (8), Crabronidae (10), Halictidae (13), Megachilidae (19), Scoliidae (1), Sphecidae (2) und Vespidae (2). Wir registrierten in der Region neun endemische Arten und 13 Arten als neu für die ägyptische Fauna, darunter eine für die Wissenschaft neue Spezies, Hylaeus oliviae Dathe, 2015. Die Studie liefert eine wertvolle erste Checklist von Bestäubern im St. Katherine Protektorat, wobei die Neubeschreibung und der hohe Anteil neuer Funde für Ägypten darauf hindeuten, dass die Artenzahlen wahrscheinlich noch unterschätzt werden. Wir betonen die Notwendigkeit weiterer Forschungen zur ägyptischen Bestäuberfauna, insbesondere im St. Katherine Protektorat, wo sicherlich noch weitere endemische Bienen zu finden sind.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: bee, butterfly, hoverfly, pollinator, Syrphidae, Apidae, Colletidae, Megachilidae
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2019 13:41
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 16:07
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704649

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