Key to New World Acropyga Queens

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This key to queens is based on LaPolla, J. S. 2004. Acropyga (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the World. The American Entomological Institute 33(3):1-130.

This key must be used with caution because the queen caste is unknown for many species. Additionally only a few specimens were available for study in the vast majority of species in which queens were known, so, the limits of variation remain uncertain for most species. Queens are unknown for the following species and therefore are not included in this key: Acropyga dubitata, Acropyga keira, Acropyga palaga, Acropyga romeo and Acropyga stenotes.

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  • Basal tooth of mandible greatly enlarged, roughly square to rectangular in shape . . . . . 2
  • Basal tooth of mandible not enlarged, roughly triangular in shape . . . . . 3

2

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  • 8 segmented antennae, with apical segment appearing swollen, twice as wide as other segments and almost as long as all other funicular segments combined; mandible with large, roughly rectangular, apically truncated basal tooth . . . . . Acropyga panamensis
  • 11 segmented antennae, apical segment not swollen; mandible with large, roughly square basal tooth with three distinct cusps, the first two cusps (from apical tooth) are smaller than the third cusp which is offset by a small diastema . . . . . Acropyga tricuspis

3

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  • Larger species (TL: > 2 . 3 mm); head width > 0.4 1 mm . . . . . 4

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  • In full frontal view, inner mandibular margin parallel to anterior clypeal margin when mandibles are fully closed; no gap is present between inner mandibular margin and anterior clypeal margin when mandibles fully closed; dorsal surface of mandibles noticeably hairy (approximately 20 hairs) . . . . . Acropyga donisthorpei
  • In full frontal view, inner mandibular margin not parallel to anterior clypeal margin when mandibles are fully closed; gap is present between inner mandibular margin and anterior clypeal margin when mandibles fully closed; dorsal surface of mandibles of variable hairiness, though typically less than 20 hairs present on dorsal surface . . . . . 5

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  • Clypeus without a dense covering of hairs; antennae with 10-11 segments . . . . . Acropyga guianensis
  • Clypeus with a dense covering of hairs; antennae with 8-11 segments . . . . . 6

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  • Antennae with 8 segments; mandible with 4 equally sized teeth . . . . . Acropyga fuhrmanni
  • Antennae with 8-11 segments, but if with 8 segments then mandible with only 3 equally sized teeth; otherwise mandible with 3-5 teeth . . . . . 7

7

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  • Third mandibular tooth not smaller than other teeth . . . . . 8

8

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  • Head width > 0.55 mm; mandible with 3-5 teeth . . . . . 9

9

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  • Mandible with 5 teeth and a short diastema present between 4th tooth and basal tooth . . . . . Acropyga hirsutula
  • Mandible with 3-5 teeth; if with 5 teeth then a short diastema is not present between 4th

tooth and basal tooth . . . . . 10

10

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  • Dorsal surface of mandibles with at least 1 0 hairs of about the same length as the mandibular teeth; mandible with 4-5 teeth . . . . . Acropyga decedens
  • Dorsal surface of mandibles with fewer than 1 0 hairs, and these are shorter in length than the mandibular teeth; mandible with 4 or fewer teeth . . . . . 11

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12

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