Radchenko & Rigato, 2009
Nothing is known about the biology of Myrmica varisculpta.
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
Known only from the type locality Kashmir, India.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
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Known only from the worker caste.
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.
Holotype, w, India, Kashmir, Leh, viii.1986, leg. C. Canepari (Milan).
From the Latin words varius = different and sculptus = sculptured, that describes the various combinations of sculpture of the alitrunk.
- Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2009. Taxonomic revision of the pachei species-group of the genus Myrmica Latreille. Annales Zoologici (Warszawa) 59: 67-92. PDF
- Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.