Carebara zengchengensis

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Carebara zengchengensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Carebara
Species: C. zengchengensis
Binomial name
Carebara zengchengensis
(Zhou, Zhao & Jia, 2006)

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Nothing is known about the biology of Carebara zengchengensis.

Identification

Fisher et al. (2014) - This new species resembles Carebara trechideros, but the major worker differs from the later in mandibles smooth and shining, spaces between striation smooth, propodeal spine thick and straight, not curved forward. The minor worker differs from the later in promesonotum much higher, propodeal spine longer, not curved upward.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China (type locality).

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Minor

Nomenclature

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

  • zengchengensis. Pheidologeton zengchengensis Zhou, Zhao & Jia, 2006: 871, figs. 1, 2 (s.w.) CHINA. Combination in Carebara: Fischer, Azorsa & Fisher, 2014: 72.

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

Description

Worker

Holotype major. TL 12.8, HL 31.2, HW 3.43, CI 97, SL 1.28, SI 37, PW 1.71, PNL 0.88, PNH 0.88, PNW 0.78, PPL 0.59, PPH 0.80, PPW 1.03, ED 0.41.

Head slightly longer than broad, as broad in front as in the post, the sides slightly convex. Occipital margin widely emarginated, a deeply impressed narrow groove present down to the front. Mandible Major, masticatory margin without tooth in large worker, with two strong blunt apical teeth and two broad shorter basal teeth in the medium worker. Clypeus narrow, anterior border broadly sinuate. Antennal carinae short, divergent. Antennae slender. Eyes moderately large, placed at anterior 2/ 5 of the side of the head. Promesonotum convex, promesonotal suture lightly impressed. Mesoscutellum very prominent, metanotum distinct. Dorsum of propodeum slightly shorter than the declivity, and the declivity longitudinally concave in the middle. Propodeal spines thick at base, acute at tip, less than 1/3 length of the distance between the base of the two spines, directed backward and slightly outward. Petiole rather short, petiolar node thick and subtriangular in profile, upper margin slightly convex in the middle. Postpetiolar node transverse in dorsal view, as broad as petiolar node in major worker or twice as broad as the petiolar node in the medium worker.

Head longitudinally striate anteriorly. Mandibles smooth and shining. Occipital lobes of head, pronotum, dorsum of propodeum, and petiolar node transversely striate. Spaces between striation smooth. Postpetiolar node and gaster smooth and shining. Erect hairs abundant on the whole body. Color dark brownish red. Mandibles and gaster blackish red. Antennae and legs paler.

Paratypes 14 media. HL 1.30-2.80, HW 1.25-2.70, SL 0.65-1.08, CI 96, SI 40-52, PW 0.60-1.35, PNH 0.66, PNL 0.68, PNW 0.56, PPH 0.60, PPL 0.25-0.66, PPW 0.29-0.83, ED 0.31, TL 4.6-9.9. Occipital less concave, scutellum less prominent. Other characters are the same as the major worker. 7 minor workers. HL 0.50-0.60, HW 0.50-0.60, SL 0.30-0.50, SI 60-83, CI 98-100, PW 0.35-0.40, AL 0.60-0.75, ED 0.05-0.06. Occipital straight to feebly concave. Masticatory margin of mandible with five teeth. Antennal scapes short, close to occipital border . Mandible longitudinally striate. Head, pronotum and gaster smooth and shinning, mesopleurae and propodeum shagreened. Erect hair long and sparse. Color brown. Propodeum and peticel paler.

Type Material

Holotype major worker, Taibai Slope, Zengcheng, Guangdong Province, South of China, 26 Sep. 1984 , Zhang Zhu-Xu leg. Paratype 14 media workers and 7 minor workers, Taihe Ancient Cave, Qingxin County, Guangdong Province, South of China, 25 Aug. 2005, Zhao Shuang leg. Deposited in the Insect Collection of Zhongshan University.

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