Monomorium hoffmanni

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Monomorium hoffmanni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species: M. hoffmanni
Binomial name
Monomorium hoffmanni
Sparks, 2015

This species is known only from the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory.

Identification

Sparks et al. (2015) - A member of the M. rothsteini complex. A medium sized, amber orange species with a concave clypeus with carinae that extend beyond the clypeal anteroventral margin, which in most specimens has a small median projection; the mesonotum is almost entirely smooth.

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

Genetics

COI sequences. Genbank accession numbers for this species are KC572868 and KC573023.

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • hoffmanni. Monomorium hoffmanni Sparks, in Sparks, Andersen & Austin, 2015: 506, figs. 5g–i, 11f (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

(n=9). HW 0.76–0.99, HL 0.8–0.98, EL 0.16–0.2, PMH 0.29–0.45, PH 0.25–0.33, PNH 0.2–0.23, LHW 0.49–0.60, EW 0.11–0.13, PML 0.43–0.68, ML 0.78–1.11, PL 0.39–0.51, PNWdv 0.21–0.31

Medium sized species with a large, square head; posterior cephalic margin shallowly depressed to broadly v shaped; head clearly more broad above eyes than below. Anterodorsal margin of the clypeus concave with angulate frontolateral carinae that extending beyond anteroventral clypeal margin forming an obtuse angle; anteroventral margin with a small median projection. Sculpture on frons strigate, restricted to antennal lobes and area in between; coarse lateral cephalic strigae reach anterior eye margin. Eyes medium, EW 0.20–0.23 x LHW, 12 ommatidia in longest vertical axis, 9 in longest horizontal axis.

Mesonotum almost entirely smooth, a few strigulae on posterior and lateral portions of posterior mesonotum. Mesopleuron alveolate with one or two strigae extending anteriorly from metanotal groove. Propodeum in lateral view with dorsolateral angles clearly forming an obtuse angle, sculpture alveolate, laterally with strigae extending over metanotal gland bulla and reaching metanotal groove and extending from gland bulla on to posterior surface; dorsal surface with anterodorsal transverse carina and transverse strigae weakly present, longitudinal strigae very weekly present as a broken lines on posterior half only, posterolateral corners carinate, extending from metapleural lobe almost to dorsal surface. Petiole node of medium breadth, between 2 and 2.5 x eye width when viewed from above; shape in posterior view tapering from widest point to narrowly rounded apex, in lateral view with anterior and posterior face converging, apex broadly rounded from higher anterior face to lower posterior face; posterior surface finely reticulate laterally and basally but not extending more than half way to dorsal surface or rarely without sculpture, smooth and shining, postpetiole finely reticulate over most of surface excluding dorsum. T1 finely reticulate covering at least anterior third of surface or rarely completely smooth and without sculpture.

Head and mesosoma amber orange, to orange brown, antennal scapes and legs brown, petiole and postpetiole dorsally infuscated, metasomal brown, of a similar tinge to petiole node, sternites amber.

Type Material

Holotype worker. Northern Territory. VRD, Mt Stanford Station, -16.9607, 130.5383, 12 Jul 2008, A.N. Andersen, TERC70 (deposited in NTM) Paratypes. Northern Territory. 10 workers, same data as holotype; 4 workers, Pigeon Hole Stn. Victoria River Downs, -16.3345, 131.1087, May 2007, A. Fisher, ANA09-16 (deposited in NTM, South Australian Museum).

Etymology

This species is named in honour of Ben Hoffmann, who has spent many years collecting ants throughout Australia.

References

  • Sparks, K.S., Andersen, A.N. and Austin, A.D. 2015. Systematics of the Monomorium rothsteini Forel species complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), a problematic ant group in Australia. Zootaxa. 3893:489–529. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3893.4.2