Tarsalia Atlas European Bees

author(s) : P. Rasmont & M. Dehon
Pierre Rasmont & Manu Dehon
Atlas of the European Bees: genus Tarsalia

First on line 5.IX.2014

This first version includes all available data on this very rare genus. The main source is Warncke (1979). This authors considered Tarsalia as a subgenus of Ancyla. Baker (1998) and Michener (2007) advocated the separation of these taxa with a genus level. We follow here the Michener's classification.

Thanks for Sam Droege, Pietro Nielo and Gideon Pisanty for the splendid pictures of these rare animals.

This page is constructed in the framework of the STEP project
Status and Trends of European Pollinators
Coordinator: Simon Geoffrey Potts, University of Reading

STEP Partners to Objective 1 (Document the status and trends of pollinators, map distributions):
University of Mons (Prof. Pierre Rasmont; Denis Michez; Stephanie Iserbyt; Yvan Barbier)
University of Reading (Stuart Roberts)

Pierre Rasmont & Manu Dehon

Rasmont P. & Dehon M. 2014. Atlas of the European Bees: genus Tarsalia. 1st Edition. STEP Project, Atlas Hymenoptera, Mons, Gembloux. http://www.atlashymenoptera.net/page.aspx?ID=263

Other Ancylaini
Tarsalia (present page)

Tarsalia Morawitz, 1895

European bees
Tarsalia spp.
This map summarizes the data already used. It includes 108 data for 4 species.

Main contributions to the maps:
BDFGM (Belgium, P. Rasmont, E. Haubruge) & Jakub Straka (Czech Republic).

Litterature data: That includes mainly Wancke (1979).

P. Rasmont
Tarsalia ancyliformis Popov, 1935
= Ancyla (Tarsalia) ancyliformis mediterranea (Pittioni, 1950)
It includes two subspecies:
- ssp. ancyliformis, from Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tadjikistan.
- ssp. mediterranea Pittioni, 1950, known from Cyprus and Sardinia (Warncke, 1979) and from Anatolia (J. Straka, com. pers.)

As foraging plants, Popov (1967) cites Alhagi kirgisorum, Eryngium coeruleum, Centaurea soltitialis, Centaurea squarrosa, Capparis sp. (in Central Asia).
G. Pisanty (Discoverlife) gives Centaurea verutrum as foraging plant (in Israel). P. Niolo (Flickr) made pictures on Carlina sp. (Sardinia).

P. Rasmont
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Tarsalia hirtipes (Morawitz, 1895)
Tarsalia mimetes (Cockerell, 1933)
=Tetraloniella mimetes Cockerell, 1933

This species occurs in S. Egypt only. There is no location point in the map frame.

P. Rasmont
Tarsalia persica (Warncke, 1979)
=Ancyla persica Warncke, 1979
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Baker D.B. 1998. Taxonomic and phylogenetic problems in Old World eucerine bees, with special reference to the genus Tarsalia Morawitz, 1895. Journal of Natural History 32: 823-860.
Friese H. 1902. Neue Bienen-Arten aus Griechenland. (Hym.). Zeitschrift für Hymenopterologie und Dipterologie, 2: 105-108.
Friese H. 1922. Neue Arten des Anthophorinae (Hym.). Konowia, 22: 59-66.
Michener C.D. 2007. The Bees of the World. Second edition. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 953 p.
Popov V.V. 1967. Pchelinye (Hymenoptera, Apoidea) Srednej Asii i ikh raspredelenie po tsveskovym rastreniyam. pp. 11-329 in: Ponomareva A.A. "Poleznye nasekomye-opyliteli i entomofagi". Trudy Zoologicheskogo Instituta, 38.
Warncke K. 1979. Beitrag zur Bienenfauna des Iran. 10. Die Gattung Ancyla Lep., mit einer Revision der Bienengattung Ancyla Lep. Boll. Mus. Civ. Venezia, 30: 183-195.