Description of the male of Rediviva steineri Kuhlmann, 2012 (Hymenoptera: Melittidae), an endemic oil-collecting bee species from South Africa


  • Annalie Melin Compton Herbarium, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Claremont, South Africa & African Centre for Coastal Palaeoscience, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Jonathan F. Colville Statistics in Ecology, Environment and Conservation, Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa



'genitalia', 'taxnonomy', 'Great Escarpment', 'Apoidea', 'Melittinae'


We describe the male of Rediviva steineri Kuhlmann, 2012; distinguished by the shape and the margin of the apical plate of the eighth sterna and the vestiture of metasomal terga two and three. Five males were collected at the type locality of the female (Farm Doornbosch, Western Cape, South Africa). We examined the types of three other closely related species (R. pallidula, R. brunnea and R. whiteheadi) and provide images of the eighth sterna for comparison with R. steineri and update Whitehead et al.’s (2008) identification key for the males of these species. 


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Melin A, Colville JF. Description of the male of Rediviva steineri Kuhlmann, 2012 (Hymenoptera: Melittidae), an endemic oil-collecting bee species from South Africa. Afr. Entomol. [Internet]. 2022 May 24 [cited 2024 Feb. 28];30. Available from:




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