New records of Crabronidae fauna (Hymenoptera, Apoidea) of Tunisia

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This study adds to the knowledge of Crabronidae fauna in Tunisia based on specimens collected between 2017 and 2019. Thirty-three species and subspecies belonging to 14 genera representing three subfamilies, Astatinae, Crabroninae and Pemphredoninae, are identified. Fifteen species are new records for Tunisian insect fauna: Astata apostata Mercet, 1910; A. gallica de Beaumont, 1942, Dryudella pulawskii Schmid-Egger, 2014, Prosopigastra nuda (Nurse, 1903), P. punctatissima africana de Beaumont, 1955, Tachytes niloticus R. Turner, 1918, Liris agilis (F. Smith, 1856), L. cleopatra de Beaumont, 1961, Miscophus papyrus de Andrade, 1954, Solierella andradei de Beaumont, 1957, S. insidiosa de Beaumont, 1964, Palarus parvulus de Beaumont, 1949, Trypoxylon deceptorium Antropov, 1991, Diodontus insidiosus Spooner 1938 and Mimumesa unicolor (Vander Linden, 1829) are new records for the Tunisian insect fauna. Except for Ectemnius confinis (Walker, 1871), all the identified species have new provincial records. Geographical distribution in Tunisia and the world is given.

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Occurrence; Digger wasps; Distribution; New records; Tunisia; Occurrence


H. Ben Khedher
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Atatürk University
25240 Erzurum
E. Yıldırım
  • Originator
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Biodiversity Application and Research Center, Atatürk University
M. Braham
  • Originator
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Regional Research Centre on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture at Chott Meriem, University of Sousse
Montse Ferrer
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Managing Editor AMZ
Arxius de Miscel·lània Zoològica, Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona
Ps Picasso s/n
08003 Barcelona

Geographic Coverage


Bounding Coordinates South West [33.085, 8.042], North East [37.335, 11.042]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Subfamily Astatinae, Crabroninae
Tribe Crabronini, Larrini, Miscophini, Oxybelini, Palarini, Trypoxylini, Pemphredonini, Psenini
Genus Astata, Dryudella, Ectemnius, Gastrosericus, Prosopigastra, Tachytes, Liris, Miscophus, Solierella, Oxybelus, Palarus, Trypoxylon, Diodontus, Mimumesa

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2017-01-01 / 2019-12-31

Project Data

Faunal and systematic studies are necessary for adequate measures to be taken to protect biodiversity and maintain the equilibrium of the ecosystem (Renner and Ricklefs, 1994). However, studies on insects from Tunisia, including Spheciforms wasps, are scarce. According to Brothers (1999) and Melo (1999), the systematic and taxonomic position of this group of insects includes four families: Ampulicidae, Crabronidae, Heterogynaidae and Sphecidae. Several studies from around the world have focused on Crabronidae and studies dealing with Spheciformes in Tunisia were recently performed by Ben Khedher et al. (2019, 2020a, 2020b, 2020c, 2020d, 2020e, 2020f) and Mokrousov and Ben Khedher (2020). These contributions have considerably improved the knowledge of Tunisan fauna. Ben Khedher et al. (2020a) identified 22 species of the family Crabronidae Latreille, 1802 from Tunisia. A completed checklist for the family Sphecidae Latreille, 1802 and the genera Cerceris Latreile, 1802 and Tachysphex Kohl, 1883 and for tribes Philanthini Latreille, 1802 and Pseudoscoliini Menke, 1967 has been established, listing 143 species and subspcies and reporting 11 new records for the country (Ben Khedher et al., 2020b, 2020c, 2020d, 2020e). The present study is a continuation of these publications and further contributes to knowledge of the Crabronidae fauna in Tunisia.

Title New records of Crabronidae fauna (Hymenoptera, Apoidea) of Tunisia

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Sampling Methods


Study Extent The present study is based on specimens collected from Tunisia using entomological nets between 2017 and 2019.
Quality Control Diverse identification keys, such as Pulawski (1959, 1962, 1979), Pulawski and Prentice (2008) and Schmid-Egger (2014), were used to identify specimens. Records published in Tunisia and distribution in the world are given for each species.

Method step description:

  1. Classification and general distribution mainly follow Pulawski (2020). Identified species are deposited in the collection BEN KHEDHER in the Regional Research Centre on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture at Chott Meriem (CRRHAB Chott Meriem, Sousse, Tunisia).

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Ben Khedher, H., Yıldırım, E., Braham, M., 2021. New records of Crabronidae fauna (Hymenoptera, Apoidea) of Tunisia. Arxius de Miscel·lània Zoològica, 19: 53-64, Doi:

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 10.15470/u8hlo0