Emeryopone narendrani

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Emeryopone narendrani
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Emeryopone
Species: E. narendrani
Binomial name
Emeryopone narendrani
Varghese, 2006

Nothing is known about the biology of Emeryopone narendrani.

Identification

Varghese (2006) - The new species, E. narendrani resembles Emeryopone buttelreepeni in having similar colour, antennomere, and petiolar width, but differs from E. buttelreepeni in being of smaller size (E. buttelreepeni: 4.00-4.50 mm, E. narendrani: 3.80 mm), having smaller eyes, which are placed well anteriorly, and by the nature of the subpetiolar process. It differs clearly from Emeryopone loebli (3.2 mm) in having brown color and being larger in size. It differs mainly from Emeryopone franzi (4.5 mm) in being of smaller size, having very small eyes, by the nature of the petiole and the subpetiolar process. The new species, E. narendrani differs noticeably from Emeryopone melaina (4.9 mm) in being much smaller in size and by having very small eyes. Other differences in body parameters are given in figure 4, along with those of other species given in Baroni Urbani (1975) and Xu (1998) for comparison.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • narendrani. Emeryopone narendrani Varghese, 2006b: 90, figs. 1-3 (w.) INDIA.

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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Worker

Total length 3.8mm, head longer than broad (CI 0.86mm), slightly broader posteriorly than anteriorly, with almost straight cheeks, posterior corners rounded, posteriorly broadly emarginated. Mandibles elongate-triangular, broadly curved with long, slender spiniform teeth, apical tooth very long, third one smallest. Clypeus broadly convex, depressed towards sides and projects like convex cuticular lobes laterally. Frontal area distinct, with short frontal lobes. Antennae 12 segmented, funicular segments gradually thickening towards apex with 3 segmented club, the ultimate antennomere more than 2x longer than broad (ANTML 0.32 mm, ANTMW 0.14 mm, ANTMI 0.43 mm), scape long (SL 0.68 mm), but not reaching beyond head. Eyes very small (EL 0.05 mm), and placed towards the anterior lateral corners of head, more towards the base of mandibles. Thorax broad, not broader than head, broader than long and broader than mesonotum and metanotum, pronotum anteriorley rounded, promesonotal suture distinct, meso-metanotal suture obsolete. Propodeum with a posterior concave declivity. Petiole broader than long (PTI 1.22 mm), with well formed subpetiolar process. Legs short and stouter, hind leg with a single pectinate spur. Gaster long and rounded posteriorly.

Head, thorax, petiole and gaster foveate, interfoveal space more or less smooth and shining, mandibles smooth and shining, clypeus sculptured, propodeal concavity longitudinally striated, legs smooth and shining. Body hairs sub recumbent, short and abundant. Head, thorax, petiole and gaster ferruginous, mandibles, antennae, legs and extreme tip of gaster lighter.

Type Material

Holotype worker. India: Karnataka: Utttara Kannada, Kumta (14°26' N 74°27' E) May 1998, Collector: Ganapathy H. M. (Template:CES)

Etymology

This species is named after my beloved teacher, Professor Narendran Te, University of Cali cut, India, who trained me in the fundamentals of taxonomy.

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