Megalomyrmex piriana

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Megalomyrmex piriana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Megalomyrmex
Species: M. piriana
Binomial name
Megalomyrmex piriana
Brandão, 1990

Identification

Megalomyrmex piriana, sp.n .. can be distin­guished from M . silvestrii by the laterally produ­ced propodeal spiracles and the sculptured meta­notal groove. The latter character suggested the name piriana, meaning striped in Tupi. The meso­notum of M . piriana , sp.n cannot be distinguis­hed from the pronotum in side or dorsal view. The type series has been collected by J. & S. Peck in April. 4. 1976.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Ecuador (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • piriana. Megalomyrmex piriana Brandão, 1990: 443, figs. 97, 98 (w.) ECUADOR.

Description

Megalomyrmex piriana , sp.n., 9 . Type Loe.: Tinalandia, 16Km SE Santo Domingo de los Colorados, prov. Pichi ncha. Ec uador (00° 18'S, 79° 04'W).

Types

Holotype and paratype at the Museum of Com parative Zoology, Harvard. Paratype at Museu de Zoologia da USP.

Worker

Mandibles smooth; dental formula 2+12; pal­pal formula 3:2: anterior clypeal border without median denticle; 13 ocular facets at compound eyes largest diameter; promesonotal suture faintly impressed laterally but not dorsally; meta­notal groove deeply excavated and completely rugose: declivity with faint rugosities over the foramen: propodeal spiracles, in side view. later­ally prod uced; epipetiolar carina complete; pedunculate petiole with dorsal margin, in lateral view. straight; ventral face of petiole with ante­romedian denticle. but no longitudinal flange; ventral process of postpetiole globose. Pilosity: long hairs (ca.. 2mm) at head, thorax dorsum and gaster. smaller hairs (ca..l mm) at legs. Color: antennae and legs orange-yellow; body bright-light brown. Base of head l ight-brown, vertex almost black.

References

  • Brandão, C. R. F. 1990b. Systematic revision of the Neotropical ant genus Megalomyrmex Forel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae), with the description of thirteen new species. Arq. Zool. (São Paulo) 31: 411-481 (page 443, figs. 97, 98 worker described)