Myrmecina silvampla

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Myrmecina silvampla
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Myrmecina
Species: M. silvampla
Binomial name
Myrmecina silvampla
Shattuck, 2009

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Specimen labels

This rare Far North Queensland rainforest species is known from a single collection consisting of two specimens, one a worker and the other an ergatoid (with an enlarged mesosoma).

Identification

Shattuck (2009) - Sculpturing “V”-shaped on pronotum grading into “U”-shaped on mesonotum; body larger (HW > 0.8mm). This species can be separated from all other known Australian species by the combination of “V”-shaped sculpturing on the mesonotum and the large body size.

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

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • silvampla. Myrmecina silvampla Shattuck, 2009a: 15, figs. 5, 7, 32-34, 47 (w.) AUSTRALIA.

Type Material

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

Description

Worker

Antennal scapes smooth. First segment of funiculus cone-shaped. Sides of head behind compound eyes smooth. Sculpturing on dorsal surface of mesosoma narrowly “V”-shaped anteriorly and broadly “V”-shaped posteriorly. Carinae extending continuously from the dorsal surface onto the lateral surfaces of the mesosoma. Metanotal spines long. Propodeal spines long. Erect hairs abundant, straight, relatively long. Colour dark brown-black, antennae, mandibles, anterior section of head, lower sections of mesosoma, legs and tip of gaster yellow.

(n = 1) — CI 95; HL 0.87; HW 0.82; MTL 0.50; SI 95; SL 0.78; WL 1.02.

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