Microdaceton tanyspinosum

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Microdaceton tanyspinosum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Microdaceton
Species: M. tanyspinosum
Binomial name
Microdaceton tanyspinosum
Bolton, 2000

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Specimen labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Microdaceton tanyspinosum.

Identification

Bolton (2000) - In the few specimens of tanyspinosum that are known the dorsum of the postpetiole is densely longitudinally costulate and the bases of both the first gastral tergite and sternite are smooth.

This species falls into the same size range as Microdaceton tibialis and has MI and SI in the same range, but its head averages broader (CI 90 - 95, as opposed to CI 86-92 in tibialis) .

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Cameroun (type locality), Gabon.

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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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.

  • tanyspinosum. Microdaceton tanyspinosum Bolton, 2000: 28, figs. 27, 30 (w.) CAMEROUN.

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

Description

Worker

Holotype TL 3.1, HL 0.82, HW 0.78, CI 95, ML 0.56, MI 68, SL 0.60, SI 77, PW 0.42, AL 0.73. Answering the description of Microdaceton tibialis except as follows. 1 Mesonotum with a pair of erect, bilaterally flattened , long lamina-like prominences that are subrectangular in shape, shallowly curved posteriorly and abruptly truncated apically. 2 Petiole node in profile grossly inflated , enormous when compared to postpetiole. 3 Propodeal spines needle-like, very long, straight and slender. Paratypes TL 3.2-3.3, HL 0.88-0.97, HW 0.80-0.86, CI 90-91, ML 0.59-0.62, MI 65-67, SL 0.65-0.69, SI 80-83, PW 0.42-0.48, AL 0.78-0.84 (2 measured).

Type Material

Holotype worker, Cameroun: Reserve de Campo, 40 m., 2°36'N, 9°56'E, xi.1991 (D.M. Olson) (The Natural History Museum). Paratypes. 2 workers, Gabon: Pointe Denis Peninsula, Pointe Wingonbe, 17.xii.1995 (L. Bartolozzi & S.Taiti) (Museo Zoologico "La Specola", BMNH).

References

  • Bolton, B. 2000. The ant tribe Dacetini. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 65: 1-1028 (page 28, worker described)