Mayriella ebbei

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Mayriella ebbei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Mayriella
Species: M. ebbei
Binomial name
Mayriella ebbei
Shattuck & Barnett, 2007

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Specimen labels

This is the southernmost species of Mayriella and occurs in generally drier sites compared to other species. Although widely distributed it shows minimal geographic variation in the characters examined during this study. Nests occur in soil in the open or under stones or other objects on the ground, and in rotten wood.

Identification

This species can be separated from others in this genus by the presence of numerous erect hairs on the gaster. It shares the shape of the outer margins of the postpetiole with Mayriella spinosior, but differs from this species in the shape of the petiolar node and in having more than four erect hairs on the postpetiole. (Shattuck and Barnett 2007)

Identification Keys including this Taxon

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Habitat

Found primarily in drier habitats such as sclerophyll woodlands, low scrub, ti-tree scrub and coastal heath and less commonly in wet sclerophyll and rainforests.

Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • ebbei. Mayriella ebbei Shattuck & Barnett, 2007: 444, figs. 6-9 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA.

Type Material

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

Description

Worker

Sculpturing in posterior section of antennal scrobe well developed and distinct; sculpturing on dorsal surface of mesosoma consisting of large, closely spaced pits; propodeal spines relatively long and thin; dorsal surface of petiole in lateral profile uniformly convex, without distinct dorsal and posterior faces and forming an obtuse angle with the anterior face; in dorsal view, anterior region of postpetiole expanded relative to posterior region; dorsum of postpetiole with more than four erect hairs; dorsum of gaster with numerous erect hairs.

Measurements. Worker (n = 10): CI 0.90-0.98; HL 0.47-0.58; HTL 0.26-0.34; HW 0.43- 0.54; ML 0.49-0.64; PW 0.30-0.40; SI 0.62-0.66; SL 0.27-0.35.

References

  • Shattuck, S.O. & Barnett, N.J. 2007. Revision of the ant genus Mayriella (pp. 437-458). In Snelling, R.R., Fisher, B.L. & Ward, P.S. (eds). Advances in ant systematics: homage to E.O. Wilson – 50 years of contributions. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80:690 pp.