Carebara reticapita

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Carebara reticapita
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Carebara
Species: C. reticapita
Binomial name
Carebara reticapita
(Xu, Z., 2003)

The type material was collected from warm deciduous broad leaf forest.


Xu (2003) - Close to Carebara lusciosa, but head has fine reticulations, propodeum with a pair of acute teeth.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • reticapita. Oligomyrmex reticapitus Xu, 2003: 319, figs. 38-41 (s.w.) CHINA (Yunnan).
    • Combination in Carebara: Guénard & Dunn, 2012: 41.
    • Status as species: Guénard & Dunn, 2012: 41.

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



Holotype soldier. TL 1.7, HL 0.58, HW 0.45, CI 78, SL 0.25, SI 56, PW 0.28, AL 0.45, PL 0.18, PH 0.13, DPW 0.13. Head longer than broad, in full face view rectangular. Occipital margin moderately and angularly concave, occipital corners roundly prominent. Lateral sides straight and parallel. Mandible with 5 teeth. Median portion of clypeus longitudinally depressed. Bicarinate and divergent forward, anterior margin nearly straight. Antenna 9 segments with a 2-segmented club, apex of scape reaching 5/9 of the distance from socket to occipital corner. Eye with 3 facets. In profile view, occiput without horns, dorsum of head slightly convex. Promesonotum high and roundly convex. Promesonotal suture obsolete on the dorsum. Metanotum absent. Metanotal groove deeply impressed. Propodeum with a pair of acute teeth, dorsum straight and sloping down rearward, declivity concave with thin lateral laminae. Petiole pedunculate anteriorly, ventral face straight, anteroventral corner minutely toothed. Petiolar node thick, anterior and posterior faces sloping, dorsal face roundly prominent. Postpetiolar node roundly convex and lower than petiolar node. In dorsal view, petiolar node about as broad as postpetiolar node.

Mandibles and median portion of clypeus smooth and shiny. Head finely reticulate, occiput finely and transversely striate. Alitrunk and petiole with mtcroreticulations. Postpetiole and gaster smooth and shiny. Head and body with sparse suberect hairs and dense decumbent pubescences. Scapes and tibiae with dense decumbent pubescences. Body in color yellow. Head brownish yellow.

Paratype soldiers. TL 1.5-2.0, HL 0.55-0.60, HW 0.40-0.48, CI 73-79, SL 0.20-0.28, SI 50-58, PW 0.25-0.30, AL 0.43-0.48, PL 0.18-0.20, PH 0.13-0.15, DPW 0.11-0. 13 (4 individuals measured). As holotype but eye with 1-3 facets.

Paratype workers. TL 1.1-1.2, HL 0.30-0.38, HW 0.28-0.30, CI 80-92, SL 0.20-0.23, SI 73-75, PW 0.18-0.21, AL 0.33-0.38, PL 0.11-0.13, PH 0.10, DPW 0.08-0.09 (5 individuals measured). As holotype but body much smaller. Head normal, slightly longer than broad and weakly narrowed forward, lateral sides weakly convex, occipital margin shallowly concave in the middle. Apex of scape reaching 2/3 of the distance from socket to occipital corner. Eye with 1 facet. Promesonotum weakly convex. Propodeum with a pair of small acute teeth, dorsum moderately convex. Body color yellow.

Type Material

Holotype, soldier, No. A97-2282, 1600 m, Papa Village, Meng'a Town, Menghai County, Yunnan Province, collected in warm deciduous broad leaf forest by Dr. Xu Zheng-Hui on 9 Sep. 1997. Paratypes: 5 workers, with same data as holotype. 1 soldier and 8 workers, with same data as holotype but No. A97-2247. 1 soldier and 5 workers, with same data as holotype but No. A97-2406, 1 280m, collected on 10 Sep. 1997. 2 soldiers and 6 workers, with same data as holotype but No. A97-2376, 1 280m, collected on 10 Sep. 1997. Southwest Forestry University, Kunming, China


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