Polistine wasps of the subgenera Stenopolistes and Megapolistes from the Philippine, Moluccan and Bismarck Islands (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) B ∅ RGE PETERSEN Nine species and nine subspecies are treated. New species and subspecies of Polistes (Stenopolistes) described are: buruensis, williamsi, simulatus obiensis, simulatus halmaheiren- sis, simulatus morotaiensis, asterope narupi and asterope arvidi. New subspecies of Polistes (Megapolistes) described are: tepidus manusensis, tepidus theodori, arthuri vechti, penthicus ater. Lectotypes are designated for Polistes simulatus Smith, 1861, P. arthuri Cameron, 1901 and P. novaepomeraniae Schulz, 1905. Polistes colonicus Smith, 1861 is a new synonym of Polistes lateritius Smith, 1857. The three subspecies of P. (Stenopolistes) asterope in the Bismarck Islands form an evolutionary lineage presumably reflecting time of isolation. B. Petersen, Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. The Polistine material collected during the Danish 'Noona Dan' Expedition in 1961-62 to the Philip- pine and Bismarck Islands (Petersen 1966) prompt- ed the present work* which deals with the sub- genera Stenopolistes van der Vecht and Megapolistes van der Vecht. Polistes (Polistella) stigma (Fabricius) has been treated elsewhere (Petersen 1987). Although the material is small in number of specimens, it soon became apparent that it con- tained new taxa,
Insect Systematics & Evolution – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1990
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