Swift and Comb-bearer Bees (Stenotritidae)
Swift and Comb-bearer Bees
- Name: Stenotritidae
- Rank: family
- Parent ID: 630955
The Stenotritidae is the smallest of all formally recognized bee families, with only 21 species in two genera, all of them restricted to Australia. Historically, they were generally considered to belong in the family Colletidae, but the stenotritids are presently considered their sister taxon, and deserving of family status. Of prime importance is that the stenotritids have unmodified mouthparts, whereas colletids are separated from all other bees by having bilobed glossae.