Bondroitia lujae

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Bondroitia lujae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Bondroitia
Species: B. lujae
Binomial name
Bondroitia lujae
(Forel, 1909)

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Specimen Label

Synonyms

Nothing is known about the biology of Bondroitia lujae.

Identification

Bolton (1987) - Bondroitia lujae is close to Bondroitia saharensis, which only known from queens and males. The female of saharensis is much smaller than that of lujae; HW 1.94 in lujae, HW 1.18 in saharensis; maximum width of mesoscutum 2.72 in lujae, 1.56 in saharensis. The female of saharensis is yellow in colour, as opposed to black in lujae, and if the size discrepancy between lujae female and worker is expressed in saharensis then workers of the latter will be very small indeed. Eyes of the saharensis female are relatively larger than those of lujae, 0.44 x HW in the former and 0.24 x HW in the latter.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

One of two species of the genus, this species is known from all three castes. Its congener is only known from queens and males.

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • lujae. Diplomorium lujae Forel, 1909b: 72 (w.q.m.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Combination in Diplomorium (Bondroitia): Forel, 1911d: 398; in Bondroitia: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 877; in Diplomorium: Ettershank, 1966: 100; in Bondroitia: Bolton, 1987: 277. Senior synonym of coecum: Bolton, 1987: 277.
  • coecum. Monomorium (Martia) coecum Forel, 1911c: 299 (footnote) (w.) SWITZERLAND (locality in error, see Bolton, 1987: 277). Combination in Monomorium (Bondroitia): Forel, 1911c: 300; in Diplomorium (Bondroitia): Forel, 1911d: 398; in Bondroitia: Forel, 1915d: 38; in Diplomorium: Emery, 1922e: 195. Junior synonym of lujae: Bolton, 1987: 277.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

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References

  • Bolton, B. 1987. A review of the Solenopsis genus-group and revision of Afrotropical Monomorium Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 54: 263-452 (page 277, combination in Bondroitia, and senior synonym of coecum)
  • Ettershank, G. 1966. A generic revision of the world Myrmicinae related to Solenopsis and Pheidologeton (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Aust. J. Zool. 14: 73-171 (page 100, combination in Diplomorium)
  • Forel, A. 1909b. Fourmis du Musée de Bruxelles. Fourmis de Benguela récoltées par M. Creighton Wellman, et fourmis du Congo récoltées par MM. Luja, Kohl et Laurent. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 53: 51-73 (page 72, worker, queen, male described)
  • Forel, A. 1911f. Fourmis nouvelles ou intéressantes. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 47: 331-400 (page 398, combination in Diplomorium (Bondroitia))
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922j. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 711-1004 (page 877, combination in Bondroitia)