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Genus Polistes - Umbrella Paper Wasps

 
 
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Total-evidence Phylogeny of the New World Polistes Lepeletier, 1836, Paper Wasps (Vespidae, Polistinae, Polistini)
By Alexandre Somavilla, Bernardo Santos, James Michael Carpenter, Sergio Ricardo Andena, & Marcio Luiz de Oliveira
American Museum Novitates, no. 3973, 42 pp., 2021
FULL TEXT

DOI: 10.1206/3973.1

Quick summary and background: Preliminary work by Carpenter (1996) using morphology alone concluded that Polistes (Aphanilopterus) was rendered paraphyletic and synonymized all New World genera under P. (Aphanilopterus). However, subsequent work more frequently rejected the paraphyly of P. aphanilopterus and, thus, the need for such synonymization (i.e. Arévalo et al., 2004; Pickett and Wenzel, 2004; Pickett and Carpenter, 2010). Following an integrative approach involving morphology, molecular biology, and behavior, the five New World subgenera sensu Richards (1973, 1978) are recovered as monophyletic groupings and thus reinstated as valid taxa.

Two new color forms of Polistes major Palisot de Beauvois from California and Arizona (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
By Bequeart, J.C
Entomological news, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 7-13., 1925
Primarily useful for P. major and P. palmarum (originally considered forms of a single species), though some comparisons to P. carnifex are also given.
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Notes on Vespoidea
By Viereck, H.L.
Entomological news and proceedings of the entomological section of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, vol. 13, no., 1902
Useful for keying P. carnifex and P. major, which range into the southern US.
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The social Vespidae of the Guianas, particularly of British Guiana (Hymenoptera)
By Bequeart, J.C.
Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College, vol. 94, no. 7, pp. 249-304., 1944
Useful for keying P. carnifex and P. major, which range into the southern US.
Full text (relevant portion of the key)

Unravelling cryptic species diversity in eastern Nearctic paper wasps, Polistes (Fuscopolistes), using male genitalia...
By Buck M., Cobb T.P., Stahlhut J.K., Hanner R.H.
Zootaxa 3502: 1-48, 2012
Full title: Unravelling cryptic species diversity in eastern Nearctic paper wasps, Polistes (Fuscopolistes), using male genitalia, morphometrics and DNA barcoding, with descriptions of two new species (Hymenoptera: Vespidae).
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Natural History and Evolution of Paper-Wasps (Oxford Science Publications)
By Stefano Turillazzi, Mary Jane West-Eberhard
Oxford University Press, 1996

An anocellar polistine wasp (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Polistinae) from Texas
By Volker Lohrmann, George C. Waldren, Martin Reiß, Michael S. Engel
Zoosystematics and Evolution 92(2): 251-255, 2016
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Revision of the West Palaearctic Polistes Latreille, with the descriptions of two species – an integrative approach
By Christian Schmid-Egger, Kees van Achterberg, Rainer Neumeyer, Jérôme Morinière, & Stefan Schmidt
ZooKeys (713): 53–112, 2017
Full title: Revision of the West Palaearctic Polistes Latreille, with the descriptions of two species – an integrative approach using morphology and DNA barcodes (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)

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DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.713.11335

Relevant particularly to our introduced member of the subgenus Polistes (Polistes), P. dominula.

 
 
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