Meliturgula (Popovmeliturgula) ornata

(Popov, 1951)

Taxon referenced in page Andrenidae - Meliturgula
Author(s) : S. Patiny
This is a really tiny species actually known to be endemic in Saudi-Arabia (locus typicus in Djeddah). The body size and the coloration patterns led to describe M.denesia as a distinct species, despite the fact that M.ornata is described based on male only and M.denesia based on females only. One of the most notable feature in M.ornata is the shape of the eigth sternum tip. M.ornata is the only species in Meliturgula of which cradle-like shape of S8 is somehow altered.