Myrmica kabylica

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Myrmica kabylica
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. kabylica
Binomial name
Myrmica kabylica
(Cagniant, 1970)

A workerless social parasite. It was taken from a nest of Myrmica cagnianti living in subalpine meadow; at altitude 1800 m. The host species is very similar to Myrmica aloba, indeed the host nest was originally determined as M. aloba (Espadaler 1996). It is possible that this species parasitizes all M. aloba-like species and might be found in nests of M. aloba on the Iberian Peninsula. (Radchenko and Elmes 2003)

At a Glance • Workerless Inquiline  
 

Identification

A member of the karavajevi group. In most major features M. kabylica is most similar to Myrmica karavajevi and Myrmica lemasnei, but clearly differs on a combination of morphological features. (Radchenko and Elmes 2003)

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Distribution

Known only from the type locality in Algeria.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Algeria (type locality).

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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.

  • kabylica. Sifolinia kabylica Cagniant, 1970d: 40, figs. 1-6 (q.m.) ALGERIA. Combination in Symbiomyrma: Seifert, 1994: 16; in Myrmica: Bolton, 1988a: 4; Radchenko & Elmes, 2003a: 236. See also: Kutter, 1973c: 256 (misspelled as cabylica); Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 160.

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

Description

Queen

Measurements and indices. (syntype): HL 0.84; HW 0.75; SL 0.73; AL 1.21 mm; FI 0.45; FLI 1.06; SI1 0.87; SI2 0.97; PPI 0.60; ESLI 0.31; male (syntype): HL 0.79; HW 0.73; SL 0.74; AL 1.36 mm; SI1 0.94; SI2 1.01; PPI 0.62; ESLI 0.15.

Etymology

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - from the name Kabylie with the adjectival suffix for nouns ica = belonging to or from, to indicate that it is a resident of Kabylie, a mountainous region of Algeria.

References

  • Cagniant, H. 1970d. Une nouvelle fourmi parasite d'Algérie: Sifolinia kabylica (nov. sp.), Hyménoptères. Formicidae. Myrmicinae. Insectes Soc. 17: 39-47 (page 40, figs. 1-6 queen, male described)
  • Kutter, H. 1973d. Über die morphologischen Beziehungen der Gattung Myrmica zu ihren Satellitengenera Sifolinia Em., Symbiomyrma Arnoldi und Sommimyrma Menozzi (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Mitt. Schweiz. Entomol. Ges. 46: 253-268 (page 256, see also (misspelled as cabylica).)
  • Radchenko, A. G.; Elmes, G. W. 2003a. A taxonomic revision of the socially parasitic Myrmica ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Palaearctic region. Ann. Zool. (Warsaw) 53: 217-243 (page 236, see also)
  • Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.
  • Seifert, B. 1994a [1993]. Die freilebenden Ameisenarten Deutschlands (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) und Angaben zu deren Taxonomie und Verbreitung. Abh. Ber. Naturkundemus. Görlitz 67(3): 1-44 (page 16, Combination in Symbiomyrma)