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Short description: Genus of bees

Manuelia postica Female.jpg
Manuelia postica, female
Scientific classification e
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Tribe: Manueliini
Sakagami & Michener, 1987
Genus: Manuelia
Vachal, 1905

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Manuelia is a genus of bees in the subfamily Xylocopinae, the only genus in the tribe Manueliini. There are three species.[1]

This tribe is relictual. Today it is limited to Chile and Argentina .[1]

These are small, slender bees measuring up to 8.5 millimeters long. They may be metallic blue or matte black, sometimes with reddish parts on the abdomen. Because Manuelia species are so distinct from each other, the genus is divided into two subgenera.[1]


  • Manuelia gayatina (Spinola, 1851)
  • Manuelia gayi (Spinola, 1851)
  • Manuelia postica (Spinola, 1851)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Engel, M. S. (2012). On the classification of the bee genus Manuelia (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Acta Entomologica Slovenica, 20(1) 65-72.


  • Michener, C. D. (2007). The Bees of the World, 2nd Edition, Johns Hopkins University Press.

Wikidata ☰ Q6753063 entry