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New Updated list of Bees Azores

Two researchers from Azorean Biodiversity Group participated in a Study that list the 18 species of wild bees plus the domesticated honeybee from the Azores, which adds nine species to earlier lists. One species, Hylaeusazorae, seems to be a single island endemic, and three species are possibly native (Colletes eousHalictus villosulus, and Hylaeus pictipes). All the remaining bee species are most likely accidental introductions that arrived after human colonization of the archipelago in the 15th century. Bee diversity in the Azores is similar to bee diversity of Madeira and Cape Verde but nearly ten times lower than it is in the Canary Islands.

Weissmann, J.A., Picanço, A., Borges, P.A.V. & Schaeffer, H. (2017) Bees (Apidae, Hymenoptera) of the Azores: a commented checklist. ZooKeys642, 63-95. DOI:10.3897/zookeys.642.10773 (IF2015 0,938; Q3 Zoology)

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