Paraparatrechina concinnata

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Paraparatrechina concinnata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Paraparatrechina
Species: P. concinnata
Binomial name
Paraparatrechina concinnata
LaPolla & Cheng, 2010

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Specimen Labels

Paraparatrechina concinnata has been collected in rainforest and rainforest marsh clearings.

Identification

LaPolla et al. (2010) - Mesosoma elongate (WL: 0.62–0.67); head distinctly longer than broad with long scapes; head brown, contrasting with yellowish-brown antennae and mandibles. This species is probably closely related to Paraparatrechina splendida, with whom it is most likely to be confused.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Central African Republic, Gabon (type locality), Ghana, Kenya, Uganda.

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.

  • concinnata. Paraparatrechina concinnata LaPolla & Cheng, in LaPolla, Cheng & Fisher, 2010: 8, figs. 4,16,17 (w.) GABON.

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

Description

Worker

(n=12): TL: 1.73–2.16; HW: 0.38–0.43; HL: 0.49–0.53; EL: 0.12–0.15; SL: 0.63–0.69; PW: 0.27–0.32; WL: 0.62–0.67; PDH: 0.23–0.27; PrFL: 0.49–0.55; PrFW: 0.11–0.13; GL: 0.6–1.05. Indices: CI: 75–86; REL: 23–28; SI: 158–173; FI: 22–25

Head brown, with contrasting yellowish-brown antennae and mandibles; cuticular surface shining; head distinctly longer than broad. Golden pubescence covers head in neat longitudinal rows. Scapes surpass posterior margin by about the length of the first 3–4 funicular segments. Mesosoma brown and elongate; golden pubescence covers entire dorsum of mesosoma in neat rows. Pronotum rise shallow, less than 45° from anterior margin to dorsum; propodeum low, with a long, rounded dorsal face; declivitous face longer. Procoxae brown, with meso/metacoxae typically whitish-yellow, although some specimens have completely brown coxae; trochanters white; femurs are lighter brown, with white tarsi; gaster brown.

Type Material

Holotype worker, GABON: Prov. Ogooue-Martime; Res. Monts Doudou; 25.2 km 304° NW Doussala; 2°13.6’ S, 10°23.7’E; 14.iii.2000; elev. 640 m (B.L. Fisher #2246) (California Academy of Sciences); 1 paratype worker, same locality as holotype; 6 paratype workers, GABON: Prov. Ogooue-Martime; Res. Moukalabala; 2.2 km 305° NW Doussala; 2°17.0’S, 10°29.8’E; 24.ii.2000; elev. 110 m (B.L. Fisher #2124). (CASC; National Museum of Natural History)

Etymology

The species epithet is a Latin adjective for skillfully put together, in reference to the elongated, graceful mesosoma and head of this species.

References

  • LaPolla, J.S., Cheng, C.H. & Fisher, B.L. 2010. Taxonomic revision of the ant genus Paraparatrechina in the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Zootaxa. 2387: 1-27.