A checklist of social wasps (Vespidae: Polistinae) from Tocantins state, Brazil


  • Lucas Bezerra Furtado Universidade Federal do Tocantins, Porto Nacional
  • Alexandre Somavilla Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia - INPA
  • Tiago Kütter Krolow Universidade Federal do Tocantins, Porto Nacional




Amazon biome, Cerrado biome, New records, Northern Brazil, survey


Tocantins state has high biodiversity and a high degree of endemism, nevertheless, there are no studies on the diversity of social wasps. This study introduces a survey of social wasps actively collected using entomological nets and Malaise trap in addition to different light traps in sixteen sites in the Amazon and Cerrado biomes in Tocantins state, Brazil. We sampled a total of 1,013 social wasps distributed in 57 species of 13 genera. Fifty of these species and nine genera represent new distribution records for the state. Some species are not commonly found in collections and lists of species, and Protopolybia picteti (de Saussure, 1854) is newly recorded for Brazil. Such an increase of 714% may indicate that Polistinae richness is probably higher in the studied regions and that the state of Tocantins may well contain several additional (yet unrecorded) social wasp species. More comprehensive studies should be conducted to enhance the knowledge of wasp species in this state, contributing to our understanding of the biodiversity in Northern Brazil.


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Alexandre Somavilla, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia - INPA

Coordenação de Biodiversidade, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Av. André Araújo, 2936, 69067-375, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.

Tiago Kütter Krolow, Universidade Federal do Tocantins, Porto Nacional

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biodiversidade, Ecologia e Conservação, Universidade Federal do Tocantins, Porto Nacional, Tocantins, Brazil.


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How to Cite

Furtado, L. B., Somavilla, A., & Krolow, T. K. (2022). A checklist of social wasps (Vespidae: Polistinae) from Tocantins state, Brazil. Sociobiology, 69(3), e8265. https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v69i3.8265



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