Taxonomy and biogeography of Australian species of the Ropalidia stigma group and R. variegata group (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
Article first published online: 24 JUN 2005
Volume 8, Issue 2, pages 179–188, June 2005
How to Cite
SAITO, F. and KOJIMA, J.-i. (2005), Taxonomy and biogeography of Australian species of the Ropalidia stigma group and R. variegata group (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Entomological Science, 8: 179–188. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-8298.2005.00111.x
- Issue published online: 24 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 24 JUN 2005
- Received 14 June 2004; accepted 20 October 2004.
- Lesser Sunda Islands;
- new synonymy;
- paper wasp;
- Timor Island
The taxonomy of the Australian species of two Ropalidia species groups, the R. stigma group and R. variegata group, is revised and their distribution patterns are discussed. Two species in the R. stigma group (R. darwini and R. elegantula), and four species in the R. variegata group (R. flavinoda, R. gregaria, R. mutabilis and R. revolutionalis) are recognized in Australia, with a new synonymy of R. mutabilis torresiana Richards, 1978, under R. gregaria (de Saussure, 1854). Icaria torrida Smith, 1863, from Seram Island is synonymized with R. unicolor (Smith, 1859).