Shattuck & Barnett, 2007
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.
- 1 Identification
- 2 Distribution
- 3 Biology
- 4 Castes
- 5 Nomenclature
- 6 References
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)
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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.
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.
- Holotype, worker, Booroomba Rocks, 1200m, ACT, Australia, Shattuck,S.O., ANIC32-014955, Australian National Insect Collection.
- Paratype, 8 workers, Booroomba Rocks, 1200m, ACT, Australia, Shattuck,S.O., ANIC32-014955, Australian National Insect Collection.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
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.
- 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.