Sericophorus

Sericophorus sp., copyright Jean and Fred Hort.

Belongs within: Crabronidae.

Sericophorus, policemen flies, is an Australian genus of bee-like, ground-nesting wasps that stock their nests with muscoid flies (Bohart & Menke 1976). Historically, the genus has been divided between the subgenera Sericophorus and Zoyphidium based on whether the marginal cell of the fore wing is narrowly truncate or acuminate, respectively, but Lomholdt & Pulawski (2010) did not regard this distinction as significant.

Characters (from Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010): Occipital carina usually reaching hypostomal carina; hind ocelli round, non-modified; propodeal spiracle usually elongate, extending nearly to propodeal foremargin; posterior propodeal surface bearing well defined median carina on approximately ventral third; fore wing usually with three submarginal cells (occasionally two), second submarginal cell usually markedly narrowing anteriorly (except when secondarily fused with third submarginal cell); hind femur simply attenuate; female with setose pygidial plate; male with only ten flagellomeres, volsella absent.

<==Sericophorus Smith 1851 (see below for synonymy)LP10
| i. s.: S. centralis Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| S. halli Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| S. kurandae Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| S. mandibularis Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| S. minutus Rayment 1955LO10
| S. minys Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| S. punctum Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--S. asperithorax (Rayment 1955)LP10 [=Anacrucis asperithoraxLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) asperithoraxC85]
|--S. aurifrons Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--S. chrysophorus Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--S. doddi (Turner 1912)LP10 [=Zoyphium doddiLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) doddiC85]
|--S. erythrosoma (Turner 1908)LP10 [=Zoyphium erythrosomaLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) erythrosomaC85]
|--S. laticeps Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--S. ornatus (Hacker & Cockerell 1922)LP10 [=Zoyphium ornatumLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) ornatusC85]
|--S. papuanus Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--S. trichocephalus Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--+--S. ambonensis Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--S. laevigatus (Rayment 1955)LP10 [=*Anacrucis laevigataLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) laevigatusC85]
|--+--S. crassicornis (Cockerell 1914)LP10 [=Zoyphium crassicorneLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) crassicornisC85]
| `--S. pusillus (Hacker & Cockerell 1922)LP10 [=Zoyphium pusillumLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) pusillusC85]
|--+--S. iridipennis (Turner 1914)LP10 (see below for synonymy)
| `--S. vicarius Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--+--S. kohlii (Turner 1908)LP10 [=Zoyphium kohliiLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) kohliiC85]
| `--S. riparius Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--+--S. froggatti Rayment 1955LP10 (see below for synonymy)
| `--S. funebris Turner 1907LP10 [=Zoyphium funebreLP10; incl. Z. humile Cockerell 1932LP10, S. (Zoyphidium) humilisC85]
|--+--S. striatulus (Rayment 1955)LP10 [=Anacrucis striatulaLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) striatulusC85]
| `--S. subalaris Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--+--S. albitarsis Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| |--S. argyreus (Hacker & Cockerell 1922)LP10 [=Zoyphium argyreumLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) argyreusC85]
| `--S. tibialis Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--+--S. emarginatus (Hacker & Cockerell 1922)LP10 [=Zoyphium emarginatumLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) emarginatusC85]
| |--S. lissonotus Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--S. niger (Hacker & Cockerell 1922)LP10 [=Zoyphium nigrumLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) nigerC85]
|--+--S. affinis (Hacker & Cockerell 1922)LP10 [=Zoyphium affineLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) affinisC85]
| |--S. bicellularis Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| |--S. confusus Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--S. glossatus Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--+--S. mimus Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| |--S. rufoniger (Turner 1908)LP10 [=Zoyphium rufonigrumLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) rufonigerC85, S. rufonigrus (l. c.)LP10]
| `--+--S. flavorufoniger Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--S. frontalis (Turner 1908)LP10 [=Zoyphium frontaleLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) frontalisC85]
|--+--S. nigror Rayment 1955LP10
| `--+--S. clypeatus (Rayment 1955)LP10 [=Anacrucis clypeataLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) clypeatusC85]
| `--+--S. fissus Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--S. nasutus Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--+--S. relucens Smith 1856 (see below for synonymy)LP10
| `--+--S. collaris (Hacker & Cockerell 1922)LP10 [=Zoyphium collareLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) collarisC85]
| |--S. maculatus Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--+--S. dipteroides Turner 1907LP10 (see below for synonymy)
| `--S. rufithorax Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--+--S. flavipes Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| |--S. xanthomelas Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--+--S. deserticola Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--+--S. genalis Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--+--S. karrathensis Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--+--S. arrernte Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--S. axillaris Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--+--S. splendidus (Hacker & Cockerell 1922)LP10 (see below for synonymy)
| |--+--S. cardaleae Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| | `--S. multipictus Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--+--S. cornutus Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| |--S. flavofasciatus (Turner 1916)LP10 [=Zoyphium flavofasciatumLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) flavofasciatumC85]
| |--S. nasicornis Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| |--S. sericeus (Kohl 1893)LP10 [=*Zoyphium sericeumLP10, S. (*Zoyphidium) sericeusC85]
| |--S. tuberculatus (Turner 1936)LP10 [=Zoyphium tuberculatumC85, S. (Zoyphidium) tuberculatusC85]
| `--+--S. rhamphigaster Menke 1989LP10
| `--+--S. pulawskii Ohl 2009LP10
| `--S. rhinoceros Pulawski 1989LP10
`--+--S. evansi Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--+--S. nigrescens Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--S. protrudens Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
`--+--S. argentifacies Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--+--S. littoralis Rayment 1955LP10
| `--S. niveifrons Rayment 1955LP10
|--+--S. nigripes Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| |--S. wheeleri Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--+--*S. chalybeus Smith 1851 (see below for synonymy)LP10
| |--S. cliffordi Rayment 1955 (see below for synonymy)LP10
| `--S. glaucus Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
`--+--S. viridis (de Saussure 1854) (see below for synonymy)LP10
`--+--+--+--S. aliceae Turner 1936LP10
| | `--S. viridescens Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| |--+--S. bicolor Smith 1873 (see below for synonymy)LP10
| | `--S. scintillans Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--+--S. metallescens Rayment 1955 [incl. S. patongensis Rayment 1955, S. rugosus Rayment 1955]LP10
| `--S. sabulosus Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
`--+--S. setulosus Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--+--S. houstoni Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--+--S. barakula Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--S. rufus Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
|--+--S. mesopleuralis Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| |--S. ruficollis Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
| `--S. sanguineus Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
`--+--S. triangularis Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
`--+--S. xanthogaster Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
`--+--S. glyptus Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
`--+--S. sparsus Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
`--+--S. nitidus Pulawski in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
`--+--S. pectinatus Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10
`--S. politus Lomholdt in Lomholdt & Pulawski 2010LP10

Sericophorus Smith 1851 [incl. Anacrucis Rayment 1955, Tachyrrhostus de Saussure 1854, Zoyphidium Pate 1937, Zoyphium Kohl 1893 non Agassiz 1847]LP10

Sericophorus bicolor Smith 1873 [=Tachyrrhostus bicolor; incl. S. brisbanensis Rayment 1955, S. castaneus Rayment 1955, S. cockerelli Menke in Bohart & Menke 1976, S. hackeri Rayment 1955 non Zoyphium hackeri Cockerell 1932]LP10

*Sericophorus chalybeus Smith 1851 [=S. chalybaeus (l. c.), Tachyrhostus chalybeus; incl. *Tachyrrhostus cyaneus de Saussure 1854, S. inornatus Rayment 1955, S. lilacinus Rayment 1955, S. raymenti Menke in Bohart & Menke 1976, S. rufipes Rayment 1955 non Zoyphium rufipes Rohwer 1911, S. sculpturatus Rayment 1955, S. subviridis Rayment 1955, S. sydneyi Rayment 1955, S. victoriensis Rayment 1955]LP10

Sericophorus cliffordi Rayment 1955 [incl. S. cyanophilus Rayment 1955, S. chalybaeus fulleri Rayment 1955, S. gracilis Rayment 1955, S. rufotibialis Rayment 1955]LP10

Sericophorus dipteroides Turner 1907LP10 [=S. (Zoyphidium) dipteroidesC85, Zoyphium dipteroidesLP10; incl. Z. hackeri Cockerell 1932LP10, S. (Zoyphidium) hackeriC85]

Sericophorus froggatti Rayment 1955LP10 [incl. S. pescotti Rayment 1955LP10, Anacrucis punctuosa Rayment 1955LP10, S. (Zoyphidium) punctuosusC85]

Sericophorus iridipennis (Turner 1914)LP10 [=Zoyphium iridipenneLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) iridipennisC85; incl. Zoyphium fuscipenne Hacker & Cockerell 1922LP10, S. (Z.) fuscipennisC85]

Sericophorus relucens Smith 1856 [incl. S. carinatus Rayment 1955, S. relucens nigricornis Rayment 1955, S. relucens ruficornis Rayment 1955, Zoyphidium rufipes Rohwer 1911, S. rufobasalis Rayment 1955]LP10

Sericophorus splendidus (Hacker & Cockerell 1922)LP10 [=Zoyphium splendidumLP10, S. (Zoyphidium) splendidusC85; incl. Anacrucis cingulata Rayment 1955LP10, S. (Z.) cingulatusC85, A. ferruginea Rayment 1955LP10, S. (Z.) ferrugineusC85]

Sericophorus viridis (de Saussure 1854) [=Tachyrrhostus viridis; incl. S. claviger burnsiellus Rayment 1955, Tachyrhostus (l. c.) claviger Kohl 1892, Sericophorus claviger, S. elegantior Rayment 1955, S. occidentalis Rayment 1955, S. teliferopodus okiellus Rayment 1955, S. viridis roddi Rayment 1955, S. spryi Rayment 1955, S. tallongensis Rayment 1955, S. teliferopodus Rayment 1955, S. violaceus Rayment 1955]LP10

*Type species of generic name indicated

References

[C85] Cardale, J. C. 1985. Vespoidea and Sphecoidea. In: Walton, D. W. (ed.) Zoological Catalogue of Australia vol. 2. Hymenoptera: Formicoidea, Vespoidea and Sphecoidea pp. 150–303. Australian Government Publishing Service: Canberra.

[LP10] Lomholdt, O., & W. J. Pulawski. 2010. A revision of the wasp genus Sericophorus F. Smith, 1851 (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Crabronidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, series 4, 61 (1): 1–234.

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