Echinopla praetexta

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Echinopla praetexta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Echinopla
Species group: serrata
Species: E. praetexta
Binomial name
Echinopla praetexta
Smith, F., 1860

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Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality).

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

  • praetexta. Echinopla praetexta Smith, F. 1860b: 113, pl. 1, fig. 5 (w.) no locality given. [Emery, 1896d: 382 gives INDONESIA (Batjan I.) as type-locality, but I am unaware of how he obtained this information.]

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Batchian” (= Batjan I.) and with a Donisthorpe type-label.

In the original description Smith implies that the type-locality of this species is unknown, writing, “Hab. - ?” The specimen recognised as holotype by Donisthorpe fits the original description perfectly, so it is probably best to regard it as the true type and suppose that the locality label was added later, a supposition supported by the fact that the name is fully written, “Batchian,” rather than abbrevated to “Bac.”, as was Smith’s usual procedure.