Opisthopsis

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Opisthopsis
Opisthopsis respiciens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Opisthopsis
Dalla Torre, 1893
Type species
Formica (Myrmecopsis) respiciens, now Opisthopsis respiciens
Diversity
20 species
(Species Checklist)

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Opisthopsis respiciens

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Specimen Label

Synonyms
Evolutionary Relationships


Gigantiops
  (1 species)



Santschiella
  (1 species)





Myrmoteras
  (41 species)


Camponotini

Colobopsis
  (116 species)




Opisthopsis
  (20 species)




Dinomyrmex
  (2 species)




Polyrhachis
  (782 species)




Camponotus
  (1,488 species)




Calomyrmex
  (14 species)



Echinopla
  (36 species)









Based on Ward et al. 2016.

Photo Gallery

  • Shattuck C14160-web, SOSC-4575, ANIC32-030552-3, Opisthopsis, e. Mareeba, Queensland.jpg

Identification

Keys including this Genus

Distribution

World distribution based on political regions. View/Edit Data
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Species richness

Species richness by country based on regional taxon lists (countries with darker colours are more species-rich). View Data

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Distribution based on specimens

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The above specimen data are provided by AntWeb. Please see Opisthopsis for further details

Biology

Castes

Morphology

Worker Morphology

 • Antennal segment count 12 • Antennal club absent • Palp formula 6,4 • Total dental count 5-6 • Spur formula 1 simple, 1 simple • Eyes present • Scrobes absent • Caste some size-variable • Sting absent

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • OPISTHOPSIS [Formicinae: Camponotini]
    • Opisthopsis Dalla Torre, 1893: 219. Replacement name for Myrmecopsis Smith, F. 1865: 68. [Junior homonym of Myrmecopsis Newman, 1850: cxxii (Lepidoptera).]
  • MYRMECOPSIS [junior homonym, see Opisthopsis]
    • Myrmecopsis Smith, F. 1865: 68 [as subgenus of Formica]. Type-species: Formica (Myrmecopsis) respiciens, by monotypy. [Junior homonym of Myrmecopsis Newman, 1850: cxxii (Lepidoptera).]
    • Myrmecopsis raised to genus: Mayr, 1876: 76.
    • Opisthopsis Dalla Torre, 1893: 219, replacement name for Myrmecopsis Smith, F.

References

  • Agosti, D. 1991. Revision of the oriental ant genus Cladomyrma, with an outline of the higher classification of the Formicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 16: 293-310 PDF (page 295, Opisthopsis in Formicinae, Formica genus group.)
  • Ashmead, W. H. 1905c. A skeleton of a new arrangement of the families, subfamilies, tribes and genera of the ants, or the superfamily Formicoidea. Can. Entomol. 37: 381-384 (page 384, Opisthopsis in Camponotinae, Camponotini)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 121, Opisthopsis in Formicinae, Camponotini)
  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 219, Opisthopsis replacement name for Myrmecopsis Smith, F., 1865:68; Opisthopsis in Camponotinae Myrmecopsis Newman (Lepidoptera), 1850 senior homonym of Myrmecopsis Smith, 1865)
  • Emery, C. 1895l. Die Gattung Dorylus Fab. und die systematische Eintheilung der Formiciden. Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Geogr. Biol. Tiere 8: 685-778 (page 772, Opisthopsis in Camponotinae, Camponotini)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 54, Opisthopsis in Formicinae, Camponotini)
  • Forel, A. 1912j. Formicides néotropiques. Part VI. 5me sous-famille Camponotinae Forel. Mém. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 20: 59-92 (page 89, Opisthopsis in Camponotinae, Camponotini)
  • Forel, A. 1917. Cadre synoptique actuel de la faune universelle des fourmis. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 51: 229-253 (page 250, Opisthopsis in Camponotinae, Camponotini)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1910b. Ants: their structure, development and behavior. New York: Columbia University Press, xxv + 663 pp. (page 144, Opisthopsis in Camponotinae, Camponotini)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1918d. The ants of the genus Opisthopsis Emery. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 62: 341-362 (page 341, Revision of genus (out of date))
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922i. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VII. Keys to the genera and subgenera of ants. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 631-710 (page 700, Opisthopsis in Formicinae, Camponotini)