Pseudolasius typhlops

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Pseudolasius typhlops
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Pseudolasius
Species: P. typhlops
Binomial name
Pseudolasius typhlops
Wheeler, W.M., 1935

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Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Philippines (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • typhlops. Pseudolasius (Nesolasius) typhlops Wheeler, W.M. 1935b: 50, fig. 3 (s.) PHILIPPINES.

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

Description

Worker

Maxima Length 3.3 mm.

Head about one-fourth longer than broad, as broad in front as behind, with feebly and evenly convex sides and angularly excised posterior border. Eyes consisting of only 3 or 4 scarcely pigmented ommatidia. Clypeus convex in the middle, depressed on the sides. Antennal scapes reaching to the middle of the sides of the head; funicular joints 2-10 as long as broad, first joint as long as the three succeeding joints together, terminal joint as long as the two preceding. Thorax including the neck about twice as long as broad, pronotum as broad as long; mesonotum convex, rounded subtriangular, broader than long; epinotum nearly as broad as the mesonotum, its base broader than long, rounding into the longer, feebly concave and nearly perpendicular declivity. Petiolar scale high, moderately thin, inclined forward, narrowed above, with rounded, entire, compressed superior border. Gaster elongate-elliptical. Legs rather stout.

Mandibles, clypeus, thoracic dorsum and gaster shining, remainder of body subopaque, very finely shagreened, with fine piligerous punctures. Cheeks and antennae fossre finely, longitudinally striate.

Hairs and pubescence pale yellow, the former long, erect and conspicuous on the gaster, shorter and much sparser on the head and thorax, long on the clypeus; hind tibiae with a few long and oblique hairs on their extensor surfaces. Pubescence dense, especially on the head, thorax, scapes and legs, much more dilute on the gaster; appressed except on the thoracic dorsum.

Uniformly pale yellow, except the mandibles which are darker and more reddish, with black teeth.

Type Material

A single specimen from Los Banos, Luzon Island, Philippines, taken by Dr. F. X. Williams in decaying wood.

References

  • Baltazar, C. R. 1966. A catalogue of Philippine Hymenoptera (with a bibliography, 1758-1963). Pac. Insects Monogr. 8: 1-488 (page 265, listed)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1935b. New ants from the Philippines. Psyche (Camb.) 42: 38-52 (page 50, fig. 3 soldier described)