Metapone tecklini

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Metapone tecklini
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Metapone
Species: M. tecklini
Binomial name
Metapone tecklini
Taylor & Alpert, 2016

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Habitat is not indicated on labels, but all records are from known rain forested sites. (Taylor and Alpert 2016)

Identification

Keys including this Species

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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Biology

Sympatric with Metapone mjobergi on Mt Sampson and Windsor Tableland, and with Metapone hoelldobleri at Mossman Bluff.

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • tecklini. Metapone tecklini Taylor & Alpert, 2016: 543, figs. 160-164 (q.) AUSTRALIA.

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

Description

Queen

(holotype, paratype (Windsor Tableland) TL: ca 6.1, 6.7; HL: 1.08, 1.22; HW: 0.84, 0.92, CI: 77, 75; CpL: 0.41, 0.45; CpI: 38, 37; MSL: 1.74, 2.00; ScW: 0.75, 0.80; PetL: 0.38, 0.42; PetW: 0.36, 0.43; PetH: 0.59, 0.65; PpetL: 0.36, 0.47; PpetW: 0.50, 0.58; PpetH: 0.53, 0.59; GW: 0.89, 0.99.

Gyne. General features as illustrated and in the key to Australian Metapone species above. Somewhat similar to Metapone tricolor, with the following salient differences: (1) Head relatively short (CI 75–77 vs 66–68); (2) Mesosoma more robust (MSL 1.74–2.00, ScW 0.75–0.80 vs 2.16–2.33 and 0.74–0.79); (3) Petiole in dorsal view approximately as long as wide vs petiole clearly over 1.5x as long as wide; (4) subpetiolar extension a low triangle, smaller than the larger structure in M. tricolor; (5) less intense sculpturation, as illustrated.

Type Material

Mt Sampson (15°48'S, 145°02'E,) northeast Queensland. Australian National Insect Collection (Type No. 32-069962).

Etymology

Named with pleasure for Jerry E. Tecklin of the University of California, Davis and Nevada City California.

References