Polyrhachis albertisi

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Polyrhachis albertisi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Cyrtomyrma
Species: P. albertisi
Binomial name
Polyrhachis albertisi
Emery, 1887

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Polyrhachis albertisi.

Identification

Characterised by distinctly toothed or bilobed pronotal humeri and closely resembles Polyrhachis levior, with the mesosomal structure similar in both species. However, the humeral prominences are nearly equal in Polyrhachis levior, while in Polyrhachis albertisi the anterior lobe forms a blunt, but distinct tooth (similar to that in Polyrhachis aruensis) and the posterior lobe is only weakly defined. The propodeal spines in Polyrhachis albertisi are short and strongly upturned, while in Polyrhachis levior they are longer, more massive and somewhat dorso-ventrally compressed. (Kohout 2006)

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Endemic to New Guinea

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea (type locality).

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Distribution based on specimens

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

Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • albertisi. Polyrhachis albertisi Emery, 1887a: 240 (w.q.) NEW GUINEA. Combination in P. (Cyrtomyrma): Emery, 1925b: 207. See also: Kohout, 2006b: 120.

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

Description

Worker

Nigra, nitida, subtilissime reticulate, obsolete sparse punctate, pube microscopica fere nulla, supra parce pilosa. Caput latum. Thorax dorso valde convexo, pronti angulis anticis dente valido, apice haud acuto armatis, metanoto denticulo utrinque minute. Squama acute quadridentata. L. 6 1/2 - 7 mm.

Queen

Operariae similis, at forties sculpta, thoracis angulis anticis obtusis, haud dentatis, dentibus metanoti majoribus, sqamea minus acutis. L. 9 mm. Alae colore solito tinctae.

Type Material

Syntype workers, queen Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Genoa – as reported by Kohout (2006).

Type Locality Information

NEW GUINEA, Sorong, col. L.M. D’Albertis.

References

  • Emery, C. 1887a [1886]. Catalogo delle formiche esistenti nelle collezioni del Museo Civico di Genova. Parte terza. Formiche della regione Indo-Malese e dell'Australia. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 24[=(2)(4): 209-240 (page 240, worker, queen described)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 207, Combination in P. (Cyrtomyrma))
  • Kohout, R. J. 2006. Review of Polyrhachis (Cyrtomyrma) Forel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae) of Australia, Borneo, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands with descriptions of new species. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. 52:87-146.