Hoplitis (Anthocopa) cretaea

Tkalcu (1992) described Hoplitis (Anthocopa) cretaea from Crete. He listed several characters to differentiate this Cretean endemic from the closely related Hoplitis (Anthocopa) bisulca (Gerstaecker, 1869), which has a wide distribution ranging from southwestern Europe to western Asia. However, based on a large material of H. bisulca from all over Europe and western Asia the characters given by Tkalcu to separate the males of the two species proved to be incorrect. The only difference between the females of the two species is a slight difference in the punctation of the propodeum, which does not seem to justify species status of H. cretaea. Thus, H. cretaea is synonymized here with H. bisulca.

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