Myrmica fortior

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Myrmica fortior
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. fortior
Binomial name
Myrmica fortior
Forel, 1904

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Specimen Label

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - Poorly known. It has been found at altitudes between 2000 and 2700 m, where it nested in the soil and under stones, in open pine wood and open rocky pasture, at the edge of spruce-fir groves (Phil Ward, pers. comm.).

Identification

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - A member of the smythiesii group. It is probably a Kashmir endemic very close to Myrmica smythiesii, from which it differs by a suite of minor characters including the shape and sculpture of the petiole and postpetiole, slightly longer propodeal spines and somewhat larger body size (about 5% larger). M. fortior workers differ from those of rubra-group species by having a distinctly more prominent and anteriorly pointed clypeus. However, by other characters they are superficially similar to those of several oriental species, related to M. ruginodis. Also, despite having quite long antennae, the male scape is relatively shorter than that of males of oriental rubra-group species (SI2 0.S3- 1.0 versus 1.23-1.36).

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Known only from Kashmir State in India.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (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.

  • fortior. Myrmica smythiesii var. fortior Forel, 1904c: 22 (w.) INDIA. Radchenko & Elmes, 2002: 39 (q.m.). Raised to species: Radchenko & Elmes, 2001a: 254. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 136.

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) - from the Latin word fortior = stronger, to describe its greater robustness compared to M. smythiesii.

References

  • Forel, A. 1904d. Miscellanea myrmécologiques. Rev. Suisse Zool. 12: 1-52 (page 22, worker described)
  • Radchenko, A. G.; Elmes, G.W. 2001b. A taxonomic revision of the ant genus Myrmica Latreille, 1804 from the Himalaya (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Entomol. Basil. 23: 237-276 (page 254, Raised to species)
  • Radchenko, A. G.; Elmes, G. W. 2002. First descriptions of the sexual forms of seven Himalayan Myrmica species (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Vestn. Zool. 36(5): 35-46 (page 39, queen, male described)
  • Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.