Myrmica boltoni

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Myrmica boltoni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. boltoni
Binomial name
Myrmica boltoni
Radchenko & Elmes, 1998

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Specimen Label

One worker was collected under rotten wood in a Quercus-Rhododendron forest (P. S. Ward, pers. comm.). All samples were collected at altitudes between 2000 and 3400 m.

Identification

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - A member of the boltoni complex of the ritae species group. It differs from all members of the ritae-complex by the much finer rugosity on its body, and by the dull, dense and coarsely punctated surface of its head. From Myrmica collingwoodi it differs by its densely punctated surface of the head dorsum and waist; by the characteristics of its body sculpture M. boltoni resembles Myrmica martensi, but differs from the latter by the distinctly longer and not-divergent propodeal spines, and by the relatively longer and lower petiole.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India, Nepal (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.

  • boltoni. Myrmica boltoni Radchenko & Elmes, 1998: 18, fig. 4 (11-17) (w.) NEPAL. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 104.

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

Description

Etymology

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - this species was dedicated to our friend and colleague, Dr. Barry Bolton of the British Museum of Natural History, London, the most famous of modern ant taxonomists.

References

  • Radchenko, A. G.; Elmes, G. W. 1998. Taxonomic revision of the ritae species-group of the genus Myrmica (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Vestn. Zool. 32(4): 3-27 (page 18, fig. 4, 11-17 worker described)
  • Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.