Key to Afrotropical Melissotarsus species

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Key based on Bolton (1982) [1]

1

  • With the mesosoma in dorsal view the anterior margin of the pronotum rounding evenly into the anterior declivity, the two not meeting in a sharp angle or edge => Melissotarsus beccarii
Melissotarsus beccarii casent0102042 profile 1.jpg
  • With the mesosoma in dorsal view the anterior margin of the pronotum separated from the anterior declivity by a sharp angle or edge => 2

2

return to couplet #1

  • Sides of mesosoma meeting dorsum in a fairly well defined angle. Mesosoma colour medium to darkreddish brown => Melissotarsus weissi
Melissotarsus weissi casent0178294 profile 1.jpg
Melissotarsus weissi casent0178294 dorsal 1.jpg
  • Sides of mesosoma rounding bountly into the dorsum. Mesosoma colour yellow to light yellowish brown => Melissotarsus emeryi
MCZ ENT Melissotarsus MOZ hal.jpg
MCZ ENT Melissotarsus MOZ had.jpg

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