Taxonomic Swap 76006 (Committed on 23-05-2020)

BugGuide (Citation)
Added by kitty12 on 15 May, 2020 13:38 | Committed by kitty12 on 23 May, 2020
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FWIW, the paper underlying this change is Sheffield et al. (2020) and is available at There is a rather wonderful history of confusion surrounding B. sonorina which Frederick originally described as occurring on the Sunda Islands in southeast Asia, but Lieftinck later determined that was a misreading of a specimen label that actually read "Sandw. Isl." aka Hawaii, leading to many decades of confusion.

BugGuide claims the name "sonorina" "refers to the sonorous sound of the bee" but I haven't found any explicit statement about the choice of name in these primary sources.

Posted by kueda about 3 years ago (Flag)

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