Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Tetragonula hockingsi (Cockerell, 1929)




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NT, Qld, WA: Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Central Arnhem (CA), Central Kimberley (CK), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Gulf Plains (GUP), Northern Kimberley (NK), Pine Creek (PCK), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Victoria Bonaparte (VB)

Ecological Descriptors

Adult: mellivore, volant.

Extra Ecological Information

Social insects, living in large colonies, with female reproductive and worker castes, nests of wax and resin (fresh oil-based paint and putty from buildings may be used) with irregularly arranged brood combs, in tree cavities, underground or in house cavities, flower visiting record: Cymbidium Sw. [Orchidaceae], Dendrobium Sw. [Orchidaceae].


General References

Bartareau, T. 1993. Pollination of Australian epiphytic orchids by Trigona Jurine bees in North-east Queensland. pp. 85-89 in Harris, W.K. & Grundon, N.J. Proceedings of the Second Australasian Native Orchid Conference and Show 1993. Toowoomba, Qld : Native Orchid Society of Toowoomba 100 pp.

Bartareau, T. 1994. The reproductive ecology of Dendrobium toressae (Bailey) Dockr., a geographically restricted species in north-east Queensland. Orchadian 11(3): 106-111 [Date published March] (pollinator)

Bartareau, T. 1995. The pollination of Cymbidium madidum Lindley and C. suave R.Br. by native bees - a case of floral reward deception? Orchadian 11(10): 487-495 [Date published December] (pollinator)

Cockerell, T.D.A. 1929. Bees in the Queensland Museum. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 9: 298-323 [Date published 31/12/1929] (biology)

Dollin, A.E., Dollin, L.J. & Sakagami, S.F. 1997. Australian stingless bees of the genus Trigona (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Invertebrate Taxonomy 11: 861-896 (redescription, biology)

Dollin, L. & Dollin, A. 1983. Honeymooning in far north Queensland with Australian native bees. Australasian Beekeeper 85: 104-107 [Date published 31/12/1983] (biology)

Franck, P., Cameron, E., Good, G., Rasplus, J.-Y. & Oldroyd, B.P. 2004. Nest architecture and genetic differentiation in a species complex of Australian stingless bees. Molecular Ecology 13: 2317-2331 (species-specific nest architecture)

Levitt, D. 1981. Plants and People: aboriginal uses of plants on Groote Eylandt. Canberra : Institute of Aboriginal Studies 166 pp. [Date published 31/12/1981] (aboriginal use)

MacPherson, K. & Rupp, H.M.R. 1936. Further notes on orchid pollination. North Queensland Naturalist 4(43): 25-26 [Date published 31/12/1936] (flower record, as Trigona kockingsi, incorrect subsequent spelling)

Michener, C.D. 1961. Observations on the nests and behavior of Trigona in Australia and New Guinea (Hymenoptera, Apidae). American Museum Novitates 2026: 1-46 [Date published 31/12/1961] (biology)

Michener, C.D. 1974. The Social Behaviour of the Bees. A comparative study. Cambridge : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 404 pp. [Date published 31/12/1974] (biology)

Michener, C.D. 1981. Paint for nest construction. Bee World 62: 34 [Date published 31/12/1981] (biology)

Michener, C.D. 1990. Classification of the Apidae (Hymenoptera). University of Kansas Science Bulletin 54: 75-164 [Date published 31/12/1990] (generic placement)

Moure, J.S. 1961. A preliminary supra-specific classification of the Old World meliponine bees (Hymenoptera, Apoidea). Studia Entomologica ns 4: 181-242 [Date published 31/12/1961] (as Tetragonula hockingsi (Cockerell, 1929))

Rayment, T. 1932. The stingless bees of Australia. 6. The finding of a new species. Victorian Naturalist 49: 104-107 [Date published 31/12/1932] (taxonomy)

Rayment, T. 1935. A Cluster of Bees. Sixty essays on the life-histories of Australian bees, with specific descriptions of over 100 new species, and an introduction by Professor E.F. Phillips, D.Ph., Cornell University, U.S.A. Sydney : Endeavour Press. 752 pp. (taxonomy)

Wagner, A. & Dollin, L. 1982. North Queensland's native bees—the little Aussie battlers. Australasian Beekeeper 84: 70-72 [Date published 31/12/1982] (biology)

Wagner, A. & Dollin, L. 1982. Swarming in Australian native bees - help solve the mystery!. Australasian Beekeeper 84: 34-38 [Date published 31/12/1982] (biology)

Welch, D. 1995. Beeswax rock art in the Kimberley, Western Australia. Rock Art Research 12(1): 23-28 [23] (Aboriginal name)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
29-Aug-2012 ADDED