Temnothorax angustifrons

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Temnothorax angustifrons
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Temnothorax
Species group: angustifrons
Species: T. angustifrons
Binomial name
Temnothorax angustifrons
Csösz, Heinze & Mikó, 2015

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Specimen Labels

Recently described from several localities in western Turkey and only one Greek locality in Sterea Ellas (Csősz et al. 2015). Several new localities were recorded from Samos (Borowiec & Salata 2018c). Nests were observed under moss on stones in shadow places close to streams or under the canopy of trees. Numerous localities from Lesbos confirmed opinion by Borowiec & Salata (2018c) that this is the commonest species of Temnothorax nylanderi group in the East Aegean Islands. (Salata & Borowiec, L., 2018)

Identification

Csösz et al. (2015) - A member of the angustifrons species-complex. This species has the longest scape (SL/CS) and the narrowest frons (FRS/CS) of all species treated in this revision. Temnothorax angustifrons strikingly resembles other members of this complex in Turkey. Therefore, the above specified characters may slightly overlap, but a simple ratio of their combination (FRS/SL) provides an excellent tool to separate this species from its relatives with an error rate of less than 5% for single individuals.

Simple ratios of the above-mentioned morphometric traits (SL/CS and FRS/CS) also separate T. angustifrons from other species belonging to other species complexes in Turkey.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

This species is known from Western Anatolia, Turkey. Its occurrence in Stenos, Greece, might be ascribed to anthropochory.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Greece, Turkey (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Queen

Nomenclature

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

  • angustifrons. Temnothorax angustifrons Csösz, Heinze & Mikó, 2015: 18, figs. 9A-C (w.) TURKEY.

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

Description

Worker

Body color: yellow. Body color pattern: mesosoma, antenna and legs, waist and anterior region of 1st gastral tergite lighter than head dorsum and posterior region of gaster. Antennomere count: 12. Antenna color pattern: clava concolorous funicle. Absolute cephalic size: 500–590 μm (mean = 546, n = 16). Cephalic length vs. Maximum width of head capsule (CL/CWb): 1.193–1.254 (mean = 1.224). Postocular distance vs. cephalic length (PoOc/CL): 0.377–0.401 (mean = 0.389). Postocular sides of cranium contour frontal view orientation: converging posteriorly. Postocular sides of cranium contour frontal view shape: convex. Vertex contour line in frontal view shape: straight. Vertex sculpture: main sculpture dispersed forked costate, ground sculpture inconspicuous areolate. Genae contour from anterior view orientation: converging. Gena contour line in frontal view shape: feebly convex. Gena sculpture: rugoso-reticulate with feeble areolate ground sculpture. Median region of antennal rim vs. frontal carina in frontal view structure: not fully overlapped by frontal carina. Concentric carinae laterally surrounding antennal foramen count: present. Eye length vs. absolute cephalic size (EL/CS): 0.247–0.263 (mean = 0.254). Frontal carina distance vs. absolute cephalic size (FRS/CS): 0.320–0.349 (mean = 0.328). Longitudinal carinae on median region of frons count: present; absent. Longitudinal carinae on medial region of frons shape: forked. Smooth median region on frons count: present. Scape length vs. absolute cephalic size (SL/CS): 0.807–0.832 (mean = 0.821). Facial area of the scape absolute setal angle: 0–15°. External area of the scape absolute setal angle: 30°. Ground sculpture of submedian area of clypeus: smooth. Median carina of clypeus count: present. Lateral carinae of clypeus count: present. Median anatomical line of propodeal spine angle value to Weber length in lateral view: 50–55°. Spine length vs. absolute cephalic size (SPST/CS): 0.200–0.264 (mean = 0.231). Minimum spine distance vs. absolute cephalic size (SPBA/CS): 0.242–0.275 (mean = 0.259). Maximum spine distance vs. absolute cephalic size (SPWI/CS): 0.282–0.319 (mean = 0.298). Apical spine distance vs. absolute cephalic size (SPTI/CS): 0.265–0.298 (mean = 0.284). Maximum mesosoma width vs. absolute cephalic size (MW/CS): 0.588–0.620 (mean = 0.601). Metanotal depression count: present. Metanotal depression shape: deep. Dorsal region of mesosoma sculpture: areolate ground sculpture, superimposed by dispersed rugae. Lateral region of pronotum sculpture: areolate ground sculpture, main sculpture dispersed costate. Mesopleuron sculpture: areolate ground sculpture superimposed by dispersed rugulae. Metapleuron sculpture: areolate ground sculpture superimposed by dispersed rugulae. Frontal profile of petiolar node contour line in lateral view shape: straight; concave. Dorsal profile of petiolar node contour line angle value to frontal profile of petiole contour line in lateral view: 90–100°. Anterodorsal rim of petiole count: absent medially. Dorsal region of petiole sculpture: ground sculpture areolate, main sculpture dispersed rugose; ground sculpture areolate, main sculpture absent. Dorso-caudal petiolar profile contour line in lateral view shape: straight; concave. Dorsal region of postpetiole sculpture: ground sculpture areolate, main sculpture dispersed rugose; ground sculpture areolate, main sculpture absent.

Type Material

Holotype worker labelled: Turkey, Road Edremit to Kalkun, Kaz Daği Mountain, 39.411 N, 27.093 E, 752mH, 10.05.2003, leg. A. Schulz, “072” (Hungarian Natural History Museum CASENT0914693), [TUR:Edremit-Kalkun-20030510-072].

Paratypes: Turkey, Road Edremit to Kalkun, Kaz Daği Mountain, 39.411 N, 27.093 E, 752mH, 10.05.2003, leg. A. Schulz, “072” (1# HNHM), [TUR:Edremit-Kalkun-20030510-072]; Turkey, Road Edremit to Kalkun, Kaz Daği Mountain, 39.411 N, 27.093 E, 752mH, 10.05.2003, leg. A. Schulz, “076” (2## HNHM), [TUR:Edremit-Kalkun-20030510-076].

Etymology

The species name refers to the frons, which is narrow (Latin: angustus m) relative to other Temnothorax species treated in this revision.

References