Myrmica inezae

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Myrmica inezae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. inezae
Binomial name
Myrmica inezae
Forel, 1902

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Specimen Label

Nothing is known about the biology of Myrmica inezae.

Identification

A member of the inezae group. M. inezae is a very conspicuous species, belonging to the inezae species group. Even though this species was described only from a single worker, it so well differs from any other known Myrmica species that we had no .trouble attributing the non-type material to this species. Its main features are the coarse transversal rugosity on the alitrunk dorsum combined with long propodeal spines and a long petiole having a very long and thin peduncle. (Radchenko and Elmes 2010)

Keys including this Species

Distribution

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

Males have not been collected.

Nomenclature

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

  • inezae. Myrmica inezae Forel, 1902c: 226 (w.) INDIA. Radchenko & Elmes, 2002: 37 (q.). See also: Bingham, 1903: 268; Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 153.

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

Description

Type Material

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - Holotype. w, "Himalaya, Pachmarchi (Schurr)" (GENEVA);

Etymology

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - Forel's eldest daughter was called Inez and although he did not specifically say so, this species was most probably dedicated to her; the name is derived from Greek and means chaste. Forel also gave :this name to species in two other genera.

References

  • Bharti, H. & Sharma, Y.P. 2013. Three new species of genus Myrmica (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Himalaya. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology 16, 123–130. PDF
  • Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. (page 268, see also)
  • Forel, A. 1902c. Myrmicinae nouveaux de l'Inde et de Ceylan. Rev. Suisse Zool. 10: 165-249 (page 226, worker described)
  • 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 37, queen described)
  • Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.
  • Wei, Z.; Zhou, S.; Liu, M. 1999. A new record species of the genus Myrmica Latreille (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Shaanxi, China. Entomotaxonomia 21: 60 (new to China)