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Volume 28, Number 2, 1997
Page(s) 97 - 102
Apidologie 28 (1997) 97-102
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19970207

A new fossil bee from the Oligo-Miocene Dominican amber (Hymenoptera:Halictidae)

M.S. Engel

Department of Entomology, Comstock Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Abstract - A new species of fossil bee, Oligochlora grimaldii n.sp, is described and figured. The specimen is preserved in Oligo-Miocene amber from the Dominican Republic. The genus Oligochlora is not represented among the modern fauna and was originally based on two species, also from Dominican amber inclusions. O grimaldii generally agrees with the original generic definition except in the structure of the pronotal lateral angle which is slightly acute. A revised diagnosis for the genus is given in order to accommodate this specimen and a key is presented to its included species.

Key words: Augochlorini / bee fossil / Halictinae / paleontology / systematics