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Type: Journal article
Title: Diversity and conservation status of native Australian bees
Author: Batley, M.
Hogendoorn, K.
Citation: Apidologie, 2009; 40(3):347-354
Publisher: Editions Scientifiques Medicales Elsevier
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0044-8435
1297-9678
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Michael Batley and Katja Hogendoorn
Abstract: Australia's idiosyncratic bee fauna is characterised by a combination of numerous endemic taxa and by the complete absence of some families. Many species, and in particular several oligolectic species, remain undescribed and more than half the named taxa are in need of revision. The main threats to the native bee fauna include removal of nesting and foraging opportunities through land clearing and agriculture, the spread of exotic plant species and the consequences of climate change. Early steps to conserve the native bee fauna include commercial applications, the raising of public awareness and preservation of natural habitat. However, these actions are severely hampered by a lack of both identification keys and taxonomic expertise. Considerable investment in taxonomic research is needed to improve this state of affairs. © INRA/DIB-AGIB/EDP Sciences, 2009.
Keywords: native bees
Australia
conservation
taxonomy
Apoidea
DOI: 10.1051/apido/2009018
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