Myrmica petita

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Myrmica petita
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. petita
Binomial name
Myrmica petita
Radchenko & Elmes, 1999

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Myrmica petita.

Identification

M. petita is known only from a single holotype queen and has an uncertain taxonomic position, we can not satisfactorily place it in any species group. It most resembles the workers of Myrmica wittmeri (queen unknown) differing only by the punctated surface of its head dorsum and relatively longer propodeal spines. However, we do not think this queen is M. wittmeri because we know of no Myrmica species where the propodeal spines of the queens are relatively longer than those of their workers. M. petita very small, smaller than all known free-living queens from the Himalayan Myrmica fauna and is one of the smallest of all known free-living Myrmica species. Small size is often associated with social parasites but we think that M. petita is unlikely to be a social parasite because it lacks any of the typical “parasitic” characters, e. g. reduced pectinate spurs, ventral lobes on the petiole and postpetiole, relatively wide postpetiole and general hairiness. (Radchenko and Elmes 2010)

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Only known from the type locality from India (Kashmir).

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

Workers and 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.

  • petita. Myrmica petita Radchenko & Elmes, 1999a: 45, fig. 5 (11-15) (q.) INDIA. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 215.

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) - HoIotype, q, "Kashmir, Yusmar, 2300-2400 m, 6.07.1976, leg. W. Wittmer" (BASLE).

Etymology

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - from the French petite = little, small (or dainty when applied to females) to indicate its small size for a Myrmica queen.

References