Monomorium zhinu

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Monomorium zhinu
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species: M. zhinu
Binomial name
Monomorium zhinu
Terayama, 2009

Monomorium zhinu side (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg

Monomorium zhinu top (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg

Specimen labels

The type specimens were taken from the leaf litter samples by Berlese funnels.

Identification

Terayama (2009) - Resembles Monomorium triviale, in Japan, but distinguished by the shape of petiole and postpetiole, and blackish color in gaster.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Taiwan (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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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.

  • zhinu. Monomorium zhinu Terayama, 2009: 155, fig. 213 (w.) TAIWAN.

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

Description

Worker

HL 0.35, HW 0.29, SL 0.22, WL 0.43, PL 0.11, PH 0.15, DPW 0.10, PPL 0.08, PPH 0.10, PPW 0.10, TL 1.2.

Head smooth and shining, 1.22 times as long as wide, with convex posterior margin. CI = 82, SI= 74, Eye 0.06 mm in diameter. Alitrunk smooth and shining, with weakly convex promesonotal dorsum; metanotal groove shallowly incised; propodeal dorsum convex, posterodorsal corner not forming an angle. Petiolar node triangular, with obtusely angulate dorsal margin and convex dorsal margin. Postpetiole higher than long. Gaster smooth and shining.

Color. Head, alitrunk and pedicel yellow; gaster blackish brown; antenna and legs yellow.

Type Material

Holotype. Worker, Riyuetan, Nantou Pref., 28.vii.-2.viii.1988. Paratype. 1 w, same data as the holotype. NIAES.

Etymology

The specific epithet is the Chinese noun Zhinu, which is the name of a Taiwanese goddess.

References