Saucrochile

Taxonomy

Family: Megachilidae
Subfamily: Megachilinae
Tribe: Megachilini
Genus: Saucrochile Gonzalez & Engel, 2019
Common name: none

Overview

Saucrochile are small, elongate bees with shiny black integument and white apical hair bands on the terga. They range in body length from 8–11mm. The genus name is based on the Greek words “saukros” and “chile,” which can be translated to “graceful” and “tooth,” respectively (Gonzalez et al. 2019).

Diagnostic characteristics

(modified from Gonzalez et al. 2019)

May be confused with

Saucrochile may look similar to some species of Hackeriapis in size, coloration, and elongate body shape. Saucrochile differs in the lack of a basal tooth on the tarsal claws and the rounded pronotal lobe (Gonzalez et al. 2019).

Host associations

Floral associations are unknown.

Nesting behavior

Nesting behavior is unknown.

Diversity

Saucrochile includes one species, Saucrochile heriadiformis, which was previously included in the genus Hackeriapis (Gonzalez et al. 2019).

Known invasives

There are no known invasives.

Distribution

Saucrochile are known from southeastern Australia (King 1994; Ascher and Pickering 2020).

Distribution
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Specimens of this taxon not available for imaging.