Huberia

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Huberia
Huberia striata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Huberia
Forel, 1890
Type species
Tetramorium striatum, now Huberia striata
Diversity
2 species
(Species Checklist)

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Huberia striata

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Specimen Label

Evolutionary Relationships

Rostromyrmex






Cardiocondyla



Ocymyrmex






Nesomyrmex



Xenomyrmex





Terataner




Atopomyrmex



Cataulacus










Carebara



Diplomorium






Melissotarsus



Rhopalomastix






Calyptomyrmex



Tetramorium





Cyphoidris



Dicroaspis










Aretidris



Vollenhovia





Dacetinops



Indomyrma








Crematogaster



Meranoplus






Lophomyrmex




Adlerzia



Recurvidris






Stereomyrmex




Trichomyrmex





Eutetramorium




Royidris




Malagidris



Vitsika








Huberia



Podomyrma





Liomyrmex



Metapone













Kartidris



Mayriella





Tetheamyrma




Dacatria



Proatta









Dilobocondyla



Secostruma






Acanthomyrmex



Myrmecina





Perissomyrmex



Pristomyrmex









some Lordomyrma



Propodilobus





Lasiomyrma




[some Lordomyrma




Ancyridris



some Lordomyrma









Paratopula




Poecilomyrma




Romblonella



Rotastruma








Gauromyrmex



Vombisidris





Temnothorax




Harpagoxenus



Formicoxenus



Leptothorax













Based on Ward et al. (2014) and Blaimer et al. (2018).

The little that is known about the biology of what is New Zealand's only endemic ant genus is given on the species pages of the two Huberia species: Huberia brounii and Huberia striata.

Identification

Brown (1958) - The two known species of Huberia are typically myrmicine in habitus, and are generally considered to be related to Monomorium, which genus they do resemble in many points. Huberia, however, has 11 antennal segments in the worker and female, and 12 segments In the male, or one less for each of the castes than Monomorium usually has; even the 11-segmented Monomorium species have 13-segmented antennae in the male caste. With palpal segment counts, the situation is reversed; Huberia workers and females have 5 maxillary and 3 labial segments, and the male of H. striata, at least, has this count also; Monomorium antarcticum has 3 maxillary segments and 2 labial, while workers of a number of other species of Monomorium all have 2, 2 counts (males commonly 3, 2). The clypeus in Huberia has a median longitudinal sulcus usually distinct, but distinct carinae are not present on either side of it as is normal for Monomorium.

Huberia has a slender alitrunk in the worker, with deeply impressed metanotal groove and paired stout, acute teeth on the propodeum. The petiole is pedunculated and unarmed, the postpetiole rounded above and also unarmed; gaster not truncate anteriorly. The worker and female have more or less extensive areas of striation on head and alitrunk, though in H. striata, the body may often be predominantly smooth and shining. Gaster smooth and shining. Hairs fine and tapered, not unusually abundant.

Distribution

The genus is confined to New Zealand and neighboring islands.

World distribution based on political regions. View/Edit Data
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Species richness

Species richness by country based on regional taxon lists (countries with darker colours are more species-rich). View Data

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Biology

Castes

Morphology

Worker Morphology

 • Antennal segment count 11 • Antennal club 3-4 • Palp formula 5,3 • Total dental count 6-12 • Spur formula 0, 0 • Sting present

Male Morphology

 • Antennal segment count 12 • Antennal club 0 • Palp formula 5,3 • Total dental count 7-9 • Spur formula 0, 0

Nomenclature

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

  • HUBERIA [Myrmicinae: Myrmicini]
    • Huberia Forel, 1890b: cv. Type-species: Tetramorium striatum, by monotypy.

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

Description

Forel 1890

References

  • Ashmead, W. H. 1905c. A skeleton of a new arrangement of the families, subfamilies, tribes and genera of the ants, or the superfamily Formicoidea. Can. Entomol. 37: 381-384 (page 383, Huberia in Myrmicinae, Stenammini)
  • Bolton, B. 1994. Identification guide to the ant genera of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 222 pp. (page 106, Huberia in Myrmicinae, Myrmicini)
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 31, Huberia in Myrmicinae, Pheidolini [error])
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 220, Huberia in Myrmicinae, Myrmicini)
  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 70, Huberia in Myrmicinae)
  • Emery, C. 1895l. Die Gattung Dorylus Fab. und die systematische Eintheilung der Formiciden. Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Geogr. Biol. Tiere 8: 685-778 (page 769, Huberia in Myrmicinae, Myrmicini)
  • Emery, C. 1914e. Intorno alla classificazione dei Myrmicinae. Rend. Sess. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna Cl. Sci. Fis. (n.s.) 18: 29-42 (page 41, Huberia in Myrmicinae, Solenopsidini [subtribe Monomoriini])
  • Emery, C. 1922c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174B: 95-206 (page 165, Huberia in Myrmicinae, Solenopsidini)
  • Ettershank, G. 1966. A generic revision of the world Myrmicinae related to Solenopsis and Pheidologeton (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Aust. J. Zool. 14: 73-171 (page 155, Review of genus; page 81, Huberia incertae sedis in Myrmicinae)
  • Forel, A. 1890c. Aenictus-Typhlatta découverte de M. Wroughton. Nouveaux genres de Formicides. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 34:cii-cxiv. (page cv, Huberia as genus)
  • Forel, A. 1917. Cadre synoptique actuel de la faune universelle des fourmis. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 51: 229-253 (page 242, Huberia in Myrmicinae, Solenopsidini)
  • Hölldobler, B.; Wilson, E. O. 1990. The ants. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, xii + 732 pp. (page 16, Huberia in Myrmicinae, Myrmicini)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1910b. Ants: their structure, development and behavior. New York: Columbia University Press, xxv + 663 pp. (page 139, Huberia in Myrmicinae, Myrmicini)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922i. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VII. Keys to the genera and subgenera of ants. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 631-710 (page 662, Huberia in Myrmicinae, Solenopsidini)