Cladomyrma maryatiae

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Cladomyrma maryatiae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Cladomyrma
Species: C. maryatiae
Binomial name
Cladomyrma maryatiae
Agosti, Moog & Maschwitz, 1999

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Specimen labels

This species was collected from Neonauclea species (sp. C of J. Moog; sp. 2 of D. Davidson) in Sabah and Sarawak. Specimens are recorded as displaying aggressive behavior (Davidson, label information), a trait which it shares with most other Cladomyrma species. [Two dubious records exist for collections from the plant Spatholobus oblongifolius, but those determinations are based solely on workers and should be regarded with some caution.]. (Agosti et al. 1999)

Identification

Agosti et al. (1999) placed Cladomyrma species into two groups based on the shape of the queen's petiole, raised (an erect node or scale) or depressed (dorsally truncate and low). Cladomyrma maryatiae belongs to the raised petiole group.

The coloration of the queen is variable, from dark brown to a lighter brown. However, this species is distinct from most others by the combination of the following characters: (1) absence of erect hairs on second and third gastral tergite, (2) raised petiole, (3) large metapleural gland orifice, and from the very similar aurochaetae by the absence of the long curved hairs on the gastral tergite 1, and the matte clypeus. All workers seen were small.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo (type locality), Indonesia, Malaysia.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Queen

Nomenclature

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

  • maryatiae. Cladomyrma maryatiae Agosti, Moog & Maschwitz, 1999: 21, figs. 9, 11, 23, 35 (s.w.q.) BORNEO.

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

Description

Worker

Major worker. AL 1.02–1.22, HL 0.98–1.08, HW 0.84–0.96, EL 0.20–0.22, SL 0.45–0.52, CI 85–89, EI 21–24, SI 51–56 (n = 8).

Small body size; coloration reddish brown; clypeus in lateral view smoothly curved; metapleural gland orifice large; gaster matte; gastral pubescence widely set (hairs of about same length as distance between their insertions).

Minor: AL 0.72–0.90, HL 0.70–0.80, HW 0.59–0.67, EL 0.14–0.16, SL 0.34–0.40, CI 83–87, EI 22–29, SI 58–61 (n = 8).

Small body size; body color dark brown, with head and gaster darker and genae slightly lighter colored; metapleural orifice covered with some long, erect setae; gastral pubescence very short and dense, hair longer than the space between them.

Queen

AL 2.10–2.28, HL 1.30–1.52, HW 1.06–1.14, EL 0.46–0.50, SL 0.64–0.74, CI 79–82, EI 42–45, SI 58–64 (n = 8). Holotype: AL 2.20, HL 1.43, HW 1.14, EL 0.48, SL 0.68, CI 80, EI 42, SI 60.

Clypeus slightly angulate in lateral view, matte; head elongated in frontal view; clypeus and frontal part of head reddish, head otherwise dark brown; head surface slightly shining; dorsal part of katepisternum matte and with a distinct pubescence; metapleural gland orifice large and open, in front a bunch of long erect hairs; petiole in lateral view squamiform, in hind view dorsally truncated; whole body covered with long, erect, golden hairs; on gastral tergites 2 and 3 erect hairs only at posterior margin and lateral parts; gastral tergites 2 and 3 with short, widely set appressed to semidecumbent pubescence; gastral tergite 1 with erect, golden hairs; gaster somewhat shining; head and alitrunk evenly dark brown to brown; medium to small body size.

Type Material

HOLOTYPE: E-MALAYSIA, Sabah, Ranau, Poring Hot Springs, 3/14/1995, Joachim Moog, 95-123, ex: Neonauclea sp., altitude ca. 700 m, mature colony, American Museum of Natural History. PARATYPES: E-MALAYSIA, Sabah, Ranau, Poring Hot Springs, 3/12/1995, Joachim Moog, 95-119, ex: Neonauclea sp. C, altitude ca. 600 m, young colony: 195 workers in total; Sabah, Ranau, Poring Hot Springs, 3/12/1995, Joachim Moog, 95-120, ex: Neonauclea sp. ?C, colony size: ca. 760 workers in total; Sabah, vic. Danum Valley Res. Center, 85 km W Lahad Datu, 8/7/1991, Diane Davidson, 91-031, ex: Neonauclea sp. 2; AMNH, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kepong, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Genoa, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève, The Natural History Museum, and collections of Agosti and Maschwitz.

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Agosti D., J. Moog, and U. Maschwitz. 1999. Revision of the Oriental Plant-ant genus Cladomyrma. American Museum Novitates 3283: 1-24.
  • Pfeiffer M.; Mezger, D.; Hosoishi, S.; Bakhtiar, E. Y.; Kohout, R. J. 2011. The Formicidae of Borneo (Insecta: Hymenoptera): a preliminary species list. Asian Myrmecology 4:9-58