Paraparatrechina oreias

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

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Specimen Labels

Paraparatrechina oreias has been collected from montane rainforest.

Identification

LaPolla et al. (2010) - Metanotal area distinct, with raised metanotal spiracles; head and scapes with appressed pubescence.

Compare with: Paraparatrechina gnoma and Paraparatrechina subtilis. The layer of appressed pubescence covering the head and scapes effectively separates this species from P. subtilis, the species most likely to be confused with P. oreias.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Cameroun (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.

  • oreias. Paraparatrechina oreias LaPolla & Cheng, in LaPolla, Cheng & Fisher, 2010: 11, figs. 6,16,17 (w.) CAMEROUN.

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

Description

Worker

(n=10): TL: 1.4–1.75; HW: 0.37–0.39; HL: 0.45–0.46; EL: 0.105–0.112; SL: 0.41–0.45; PW: 0.26–0.28; WL: 0.48–0.51; PDH: 0.21–0.23; PrFL: 0.34–0.36; PrFW: 0.098–0.14; GL: 0.45–0.83. Indices: CI: 80–87; REL: 23–25; SI: 105–120; FI: 28–40.

Head yellow, with darker segmental and mandibular margins; slightly longer than broad. A fine, short pubescence covers the head. Scapes surpass posterior margin by about the length of the first 2 funicular segments; scapes with appressed pubescence. Mesosoma compact, yellow to slightly brownish-yellow laterally; fine pubescence covers dorsum. Pronotum rises very steeply from anterior margin to dorsum. Mesonotal area distinct, with prominent mesonotal spiracles. Propodeum possesses a short, angular dorsal face, with a long declivitous face. Legs yellow, with trochanters sometimes whitish-yellow; gaster brownish-yellow becoming lighter yellow around segmental margins.

Type Material

Holotype worker, CAMEROON: Prov. Sud-Ouest; Mnt. Cameroon; 3.8 km 330° NNW Mapanja; elev. 1440 m; 4°6.5’N, 9°9.1’E; 16.iv.2000 (B.L. Fisher #2326) (California Academy of Sciences); 8 paratype workers, same locality as holotype (CASC, National Museum of Natural History).

Etymology

The species epithet is a Greek noun in apposition for mountain nymph, in reference to the type locality on Mt. Cameroon.

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.