Myrmica varisculpta

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Myrmica varisculpta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. varisculpta
Binomial name
Myrmica varisculpta
Radchenko & Rigato, 2009

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Specimen Label

Nothing is known about the biology of Myrmica varisculpta.

Identification

M. varisculpta was described from a unique holotype worker, it belongs to the pachei group. Recently this group was considerably enlarged with the discovery of a number of new species from China (Radchenko and Elmes 2009a). It is the third such species discovered on the Indian side of the Himalaya and the mixture of sculpture on its alitrunk dorsum clearly separates it from the others, Myrmica pachei and Myrmica villosa, which have only transverse striations. It is most similar to the Chinese species Myrmica phalacra and Myrmica hlavaci but has a distinctly longer head than these two. (Radchenko and Elmes 2010)

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Known only from the type locality Kashmir, India.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India.

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.

  • varisculpta. Myrmica varisculpta Radchenko & Rigato, in Radchenko & Elmes, 2009a: 76, figs. 31-35 (w.) INDIA. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 317.

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

Description

Type Material

Holotype, w, India, Kashmir, Leh, viii.1986, leg. C. Canepari (Milan).

Etymology

From the Latin words varius = different and sculptus = sculptured, that describes the various combinations of sculpture of the alitrunk.

References