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Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana Cockerell, 1904


Scientific Name: Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana Cockerell, 1904

Common Name: Stanford Bumblebee-like Digger Bee


Anthophora stanfordiana Cockerell, 1904: 32 [♀, ♂]. Synonymy by Michener (1951: 1234) as a subspecies of A. bomboides Kirby.

     Lectotype ♀ [designated by Brooks 1983: 50). USA, California, Stanford, campus of Standord University, 17 May 1892, by W.G. Johnson [USNM no. 8304].


Taxonomic Notes: Though Cockerell (1904) did not specifically desginate a type specimens, Brooks (1983: 50) mentions the holotype ♀ (both specimens labelled as syntype USNM no. 8304). As there was only a single female in the original description, Brooks (1983) mention is considered a lectotype designation.

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAC0462

This BIN corresponds to the subspecies Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana Cockerell from California. However, additional material from James Island, British Columbia, aslo share this BIN (see Anthophora bomboides solitaria Ritsema).

Distribution in Canada: Criddle et al. 1924 [BC].

The records of this species from BC in Criddle et al. (1924: 99; Golden, Penticton, Kaslo) have not been confirmed, though at that time, A. bomboides s. l. had so much colour variation across its range that the identification is likely A. bomboides bomboides. This subspecies has not been confirmed from Canada, though it shares a BIN with Anthophora bomboides solitaria Ritsema.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Polylectic

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: British Columbia
Ecozone: Western Interior Basin

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