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Genus Ropalidia Guérin-Méneville, 1831


Excluded Taxa


VESPIDAE: Ropalidia bioculata (Fabricius, 1804) — Kojima, J. 2001. Taxonomic notes on types of the social wasp tribe Ropalidiini (Insecta: Hymenoptera; Vespidae, Polistinae) housed mainly in the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, Genève. Natural History Bulletin of Ibaraki University 5: 1-22 [Date published 9/Feb/2001] [8] (originally proposed in Icaria Saussure, 1853, from 'Nova Cambria', is from the Oriental Region)

VESPIDAE: Ropalidia punctum (Fabricius, 1804) — van der Vecht, J. 1958. On some Fabrician types of Indo-Australian the Vespidae (Hymenoptera). Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie 13(1 Suppl.): 234-247 (originally proposed in Polistes Latreille, 1802, from 'Nova Cambria' is from the Afrotropical Region)




Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Tropical areas of the Oriental Region, Oceania, Afrotropical Region and Madagascar.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


ACT, NSW, NT, Qld, Vic, WA: Australian Alps (AA), Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Central Arnhem (CA), Carnarvon (CAR), Central Kimberley (CK), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Desert Uplands (DEU), Dampierland (DL), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Flinders (FLI), Gascoyne (GAS), Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Gulf Plains (GUP), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Mulga Lands (ML), Murchison (MUR), Nandewar (NAN), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), New England Tablelands (NET), Northern Kimberley (NK), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Pine Creek (PCK), Pilbara (PIL), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW), Victoria Bonaparte (VB), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Wet Tropics (WT), Yalgoo (YAL) ; NT, WA: Sturt Plateau (STU)

Distribution References

General References

Charnley, H.W. 1973. The value of the propodeal orifice and the phallic capsule in vespid taxonomy (Hymenoptera, Vespidae). Bulletin of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences 26: 1-79 [40] (male genital morphology of several species)

Gadagkar, R. & Joshi, N.V. 1982. A comparative study of social structure in colonies of Ropalidia [Rhopalidia]. Proceedings of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects 9: 187-191 (colony social structure)

Kojima, J. 1988. A new species of Ropalidia from Madagascar, with descriptions of mature larvae of eight Ropalidia species (Hymenoptera: Vespinae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 61(3): 292-302 [Date published 16/09/1988] (larval descriptions of Madagascan species)

Kojima, J. 1993. Relative abundance of swarm-founding Ropalidia in the eusocial wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in tropical Australia. New Entomologist 42(1–2): 4-7 (behaviour)

Kojima, J. 1998. Nest construction of Ropalidia fasciata (Hymenoptera, Vespidae). Kontyû 56(1): 169-179 [Date published 25/03/1988] (nest architecture)

Kojima, J. 1999. A key to species and notes on distribution of the Polistine genus Ropalidia Guérin-Méneville, 1831 (Hymenoptera: Vespidae, Polistinae) in Australia. Entomological Science 2(3): 379-390 (key to Australian species)

Kojima, J. 1999. Male genitalia and antennae in an Old World paper wasp genus Ropalidia Guérin-Méneville, 1831 (Insecta: Hymenoptera; Vespidae, Polistinae). Natural History Bulletin of Ibaraki University 3: 51-68 (male genital morphology)

Kojima, J. 2001. Ropalidia wasps (Insecta: Hymenoptera; Vespidae, Polistinae) in New Guinea and its adjacent islands (first part). Natural History Bulletin of Ibaraki University 5: 31-60 (New Guinea species)

Kojima, J. & Carpenter, J.M. 1997. Catalog of species in the Polistine tribe Ropalidiini (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). American Museum Novitates 3199: 1-96 [Date published 16/05/1997] (catalogue of world species)

Macalintal, E.A. & Starr, C.K. 1996. Comparative morphology of the stinger in the social wasp genus Ropalidia (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Washington 17: 108-115 (morphology of venom apparatus)

Spradbery, J.P. & Kojima, J. 1989. Nest descriptions and colony populations of eleven species of Ropalidia (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) in New Guinea. Japanese Journal of Entomology 57(3): 632-653 [Date published 25/Sept/1989] (nests of New Guinea species)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
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20-Jul-2023 VESPIDAE 20-Jul-2023 MODIFIED
01-Jun-2021 VESPOIDEA 15-Jun-2023 MODIFIED Dr Bryan Lessard
23-Mar-2015 VESPOIDEA 20-Jul-2023 MODIFIED
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