Identification and Morphological Description of Xylocopa species (Xylocopidae: Hymenoptera) in North East of Libya
Keywords:Xylocopa, Xylocopinae, Morphology, Identification, Libya
The paper aimed to identify and describe the taxonomic morphological structure of Xylocopa species in North Eastern Libya. The samples were collected from different natural sites of Aljabal Alakhder region, identified, and morphological description and measurements of body length (in cm) (From antennal base to apical of pygidium), front wings length, thorax, and abdomen width were conducted, four species of Xylocopa were identified and described morphologically, which includes Xylocopa (Koptortosoma) pubescens Spinola, 1838, Xylocopa (Proxylocopa) olivieri Lepeletier 1841, Xylocopa (Rhysoxylocopa), amedaei Lepeletier, 1841, Xylocopa iris (Christ, 1791). Our conclusion revealed that the investigated area was diverse with Xylocopa species and insists on the importance of descriptive study to supply taxonomic information
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