Discothyrea yueshen

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Discothyrea yueshen
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Proceratiinae
Tribe: Proceratiini
Genus: Discothyrea
Species: D. yueshen
Binomial name
Discothyrea yueshen
Terayama, 2009

Discothyrea yueshen side (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg

Discothyrea yueshen top (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg

Specimen labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Discothyrea yueshen.


Terayama (2009) - It is easily separated from Discothyrea sauteri described by Forel in 1912 from Pilam (=Taitung Pref.) by the 9-segmented antenna (8-segmented in sauteri). Rather it is resembling Discothyrea kamiteta from Okinawa island, the Ryukyus, Japan. However it is separated from the latter by the small eyes, short frontal lobe, weakly punctuated 1st gastral tergum, and a little smaller body.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Taiwan (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.

  • yueshen. Discothyrea yueshen Terayama, 2009: 98, figs. 20, 21 (w.) TAIWAN.
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Taiwan: Pingdong Pref., Xinzheng, 28-vii.-2.viii.1988 (M. Terayama).
    • Type-depository: NIAS.
    • Status as species: Zhou & Ran, 2010: 110; Xu, et al. 2014a: 35 (in key); Bharti, Akbar & Singh, 2015: 124 (in key).
    • Distribution: Taiwan.

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



Head oval, slightly wider than long, with convex posterior margin in full face view; frons and vertex densely punctate. Anterior margin of clypeus convex. Antenna 9-segmented; terminal segment large, 1.7 times as long as wide; SI = 56. Frontal lobe wide, as long as wide, with truncate posterior margin. Eye small, consisting of several facets, and weakly produced.

Alitrunk robust and short, 1.7 times as long as high in profile; surface densely punctate. Propodeum with dull teeth posterodorsally. Petiole high and thin, with convex anterior margin and straight posterior margin. Subpetiolar process with convex ventral margin. First gastral tergum with shallow weak punctures.

HL 0.53, HW 0.63, SL 035, WL 0.63, PL 0.13, PH 0.25, DPW 0.25, TL 1.7.

Color. Body reddish brown; legs and terminal segment of antenna yellowish.

Type Material

Holotype. Worker, Xinzheng, Pingdong Pref., 28. vii-2. viii. 1988. NIAES


The specifice epithet is the Chinese noun Yueshen, which is the name of a Taiwanese goddess.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Guénard B., and R. R. Dunn. 2012. A checklist of the ants of China. Zootaxa 3558: 1-77.
  • 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.