Mayriella occidua

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

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This is the only species of Mayriella known from Western Australia, and extends the range of this genus in Australia westward by nearly 2,000km. Morphologically this species is most similar to Mayriella abstinens, a species found along the Queensland and New South Wales coasts (Shattuck and Barnett, 2007) and not Mayriella ebbei, the species which occurs in the Adelaide region and is geographically closest to M. occidua. The only known specimen of this species was collected during a survey in an area with pines.

Identification

Mayriella occidua can be separated from other Australian species of Mayriella by the presence of a cylindrical or slightly barrel-shaped postpetiole which lacks lateral expansions when viewed dorsally, the well developed and distinct sculpturing in the posterior sections of the antennal scrobes and in having the dorsum of the petiole with distinct dorsal and posterior faces which are separated by an obtuse angle. It is most similar to Mayriella abstinens but can be separated from it by the shape of the petiolar node (the node lacks distinct dorsal and posterior faces in M. abstinens).

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Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Known only from the worker caste.

Nomenclature

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

  • occidua. Mayriella occidua Shattuck, 2007: 50, figs. 5-8 (w.) AUSTRALIA.

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

Description

Worker

Holotype worker. CI 88; HL 0.50; HTL 0.27; HW 0.44; ML 0.50; PW 0.32; SI 61; SL 0.27. 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 short, triangular. Dorsal surface of petiole in lateral profile with distinct dorsal and posterior faces which are separated by an obtuse angle, dorsal face much longer than posterior face. Lateral margins of postpetiole in dorsal view essentially parallel. Dorsum of postpetiole and gaster lacking erect hairs (excluding row along posterior margin of gastral tergite).

Type Material

Holotype worker from Western Australia, Nuyts Wilderness (approx. 35°04'S 116°38'E), Walpole, December 2003 (P. F. Van Heurck) (Australian National Insect Collection, No. 32-009464).

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