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Volume 39, Number 1, January-February 2008
Insights into Bee Evolution: A Tribute to Charles D. Michener
Page(s) 3 - 15
Published online 25 January 2008
Apidologie 39 (2008) 3-15
DOI: 10.1051/apido:2007045

Phylogenetics of allodapine bees: a review of social evolution, parasitism and biogeography

Simon M. Tierney1, 2, Jaclyn A. Smith1, Luke Chenoweth1 and Michael P. Schwarz1

1  School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, S.A. 5001, Australia
2  Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Apartado Postal 0843-03092, Balboa, Republic of Panama

(Received 15 November 2006 - Revised 3 October 2007 - Accepted 3 October 2007 - Published online 25 January 2008)

Abstract - It has been assumed that allodapine bees represent early stages in the evolution of social behaviour. Early studies suggested that sociality evolved from solitary forms, and that the solitary to social transition coincided with a transition from mass to progressive provisioning of brood. Recent studies challenge both of these assumptions, they suggest that: (i) Macrogalea replaces Halterapis + Compsomelissa as the sister group to all other genera; (ii) sociality is plesiomorphic for the tribe; and based on extended Halterapis research, (iii) there are no strictly solitary allodapine species and, therefore, no reversals to solitary living. Penalised likelihood dating of Bayesian inferred phylograms show allodapine lineages have an origin older than 40 Mya. The early origin of sociality in this tribe may explain the diverse array of social organization (and social parasitism) found in species across a range of clades, and the age of the group raises curious biogeographic scenarios.

Key words: social evolution / phylogenetics / alloparental care / brood provisioning / allodapine bees

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