Huberia brounii

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Huberia brounii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Huberia
Species: H. brounii
Binomial name
Huberia brounii
Forel, 1895

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Specimen labels

Brown (1958) - This interesting little species resembles in its general habitus (though not in its large, convex eyes) the species of Stenamma found in the woodlands of the Northern Hemisphere. Like Stenamma, H. brouni forms small colonies, usually in the leaf litter of woodland areas. It is apparently rather widely distributed in both North and South Islands; I have records from Nelson and from Westland, as well as several for various parts of the North Island. It would be interesting to know whether H. brouni feeds, like its northern analogues in the genus Stenamma, on small arthropods in the soil cover.

Identification

Brown (1958) - Worker 3.2-3.5 in outstretched length; size and appearance rather constant in the series I have seen. Color rusty brown to deep, brown, with lighter, more yellowish legs, antennae and mandibles. The head is sharply and closely longitudinally, the alitrunk transversely, rugulose-striate; gaster largely smooth and shining, but striolate at extreme base. Mandibles closely striate. Mandibles short, triangular, with serially dentate masticatory margin. The female is larger than the worker, with more bulky alitrunk (wing-bearing in virgin females) and gaster. I have seen no males certainly referable to this species.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: New Zealand (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.

  • brounii. Huberia brounii Forel, 1895a: 41 (w.) NEW ZEALAND. [Name misspelled braumi by Forel, 1905a: 354.] See also: Brown, 1958h: 27.

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

Description

Forel 1895
Forel 1895

Type Material

Brown (1958) - Worker. Rotorua, New Zealand. Type presumably in Forel Coll., Geneva (not seen).

References

  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1958h. A review of the ants of New Zealand. Acta Hymenopterol. 1: 1-50 (page 27, see also)
  • Forel, A. 1895a. Nouvelles fourmis de diverses provenances, surtout d'Australie. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 39: 41-49 (page 41, worker described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Brown WL. 1958. A review of the ants of New Zealand. Acta Hymenopterologica 1.1: 1-50.
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1958. A review of the ants of New Zealand. Acta Hymenopterologica 1:1-50.
  • Cumber RA. Distributional and biological notes on sixteen North Island species of Formicidae. 10-14.
  • Cumber, R. A. 1959. Distributional and biological notes on sixteen North Island species of Formicidae (Hymenoptera). New Zealand Entomologist 2(4):10-14.
  • Cumber, R.A. 1959. Distributional and biological notes on sixteen North Island species of Formicidae (Hymenoptera)
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