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Abstract

A new record of stingless bee, Tetragonula gressitti Sakagami (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponini) from Nagaland, India.

Abstract

The stingless bee, Tetragonula gressitti Sakagami was first recorded from Veitnam in 1978 followed by India in 2013 and from China in 2019. This is first report of the discovery of this species of stingless bee from Nagaland after Arunachal Pradesh in India. A survey was conducted in different parts of Nagaland in 2019. The feral colonies of stingless bees were marked, the specimens were collected and brought to the laboratory at Medziphema, Dimapur, Nagaland. The morphology and morphometrics were described. The bees were black in colour with total body length 6.11 mm with head width of 1.90 mm. Data on different taxonomical parameters revealed this stingless bee as new species, Tetragonula gressitti Sakagami and it was later confirmed by taxonomy section of Division of Entomology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India.