Social Wasps (Vespidae: Polistinae) from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

Marcos Magalhães de Souza, Gabriel Silva Teofilo-Guedes, Lucas Rocha Milani, Alex Sandro Barbosa de Souza, Patrícia Pereira Gomes

Abstract


This study was developed aiming to compile data concerning the occurrence and distribution of social wasp species from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, as well as recording exclusive and rare species. For this purpose, we compiled studies from the specialized literature and created a table containing the species occurrence in the different states which present the phytogeographic domain. A total of 170 species was recorded, corresponding to almost a half of the richness of social wasps in Brazil, including 50 endemic, with highlight to Rio de Janeiro state, which nevertheless is insufficiently sampled. This way, from this work, it is concluded that Brazilian Atlantic Forest must be seen as an important refuge for Polistinae.


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Polistinae; Mischocyttarus; Polybia; Polistes

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