Aphaenogaster xuantian

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Aphaenogaster xuantian
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species: A. xuantian
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster xuantian
Terayama, 2009

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Aphaenogaster xuatian top (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg

Specimen labels

The type material, a collection of workers that are the only known specimens of this species, was collected in a mountain area at about 3,000 m in altitude.

Identification

Terayama (2009) - Blackish species. This species has a microreticulate head, pronotum and mesopleura, and large postpetiole.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Taiwan (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.

  • xuantian. Aphaenogaster xuantian Terayama, 2009: 168, figs. 210, 211 (w.) TAIWAN.

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

Description

Worker

HL 1 .42, HW 1.18, HW-II 1.05, SL 1.85, WL 2.12, PL 0.55, PH 0.41, DPW 0.24, PPL 0.48, PPH 0.42, PPW 0.40, TL 5.2.

Head microreticulate, 1.33 times as long as wide, with weakly convex posterior margin in full face view; Cl = 84, CI-II = 75. Clypeus with several longitudinal rugae; anterior margin concave at midlength. Antenna moderately long; scape slightly longer than head length; SI = 132, SI-II = 148, Eye 0.20 mm in maximum diameter.

Pronotum microreticulate; mesonotum and mesopleuron micro reticulate; propodeum microreticulate; propodeal spine small and triangular, tip directed to posterior portion. Petiole with a long peduncle; node subtriangular, with almost straight anterior margin and convex dorsal margin, posterodorsal corner not forming an angle. Postpetiole large, with convex dorsal margin in profile.

Color. Body black, antenna and legs brown.

Type Material

Holotype. Worker, Hehuanshan (3,000 m asl), Nantou Pref., 24. viii. 1988, M. Terayama leg. Paratypes. 4w, same data as the holotype. NIAES.

Etymology

The specific epithet is the Chinese noun Xuantian, which is the name of a Taiwanese god.

References


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Terayama M. 2009. A synopsis of the family Formicidae of Taiwan (Insecta: Hymenoptera). Research Bulletin of Kanto Gakuen University. Liberal Arts 17:81-266.
  • Terayama Mamoru. 2009. A synopsis of the family Formicidae of Taiwan (Insecta, Hymenoptera). The Research Bulletin of Kanto Gakuen University 17: 81-266.
  • Terayama, M. 2009. A synopsis of the family Formicidae of Taiwan (Insecta; Hymenoptera). The Research Bulletin of Kanto Gakuen University 17: 81-266.