Myrmica sinoschencki

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Myrmica sinoschencki
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. sinoschencki
Binomial name
Myrmica sinoschencki
Radchenko & Elmes, 2008

Nothing is known about the biology of Myrmica sinoschencki.

Identification

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - A member of the schencki group. It differs from all known species of the schencki-group (except for Myrmica onoyamai and Myrmica inucta) by its distinctly wider frons (mean FI > 0.33 vs. ≤ 0.32). M. sinoschencki has much more extended frontal lobes than M. onoyamai (FLI > 1.35 vs. < 1.25), while the very reduced sculpture of M. inucta, appearing dark and shiny, well distinguishes from all other species of the schencki-group (for more details see Radchenko, Elmes and Alicata 2006; Radchenko et al. 2008).

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Sichuan Province, China.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China (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.

  • sinoschencki. Myrmica sinoschencki Radchenko & Elmes, in Radchenko, Zhou, et al. 2008: 778, figs. 31-38 (w.) CHINA. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 279.

Description

Type Material

Holotype, w, China, Sichuan Prov., Maoxian, 40 km N Winchuan, 1800 m, 23.viii.2002, leg: S. Murzin and I. Shokhin (Petersburg); paratypes: 2 workers with the same label as holotype (Petersburg, Kiev).

Etymology

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - from a combination of the word sino = pertaining to China (derived from the classical Latin name Sinae = China) and the name schencki, to indicate that this species belongs to the schencki species group.

References