Key to Zatania Species

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Key to Zatania species based on LaPolla et al. (2012)[1]

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Yellow species; scapes with a dense layer of short, decumbent setae . . . . . Zatania cisipa

Brown to reddish brown species (some species strongly bicoloured); scapes with either appressed or decumbent pubescence (if decumbent pubescence present then species is dark-brown to reddish brown) . . . . . 2

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Dorsal face of propodeum only slightly convex, below level of mesonotum; cuticle shiny . . . . . Zatania gloriosa

Zatania gloriosa casent0618628 p 1 high.jpg

Dorsal face of propodeum strongly convex, dome-like, well above level of mesonotum; cuticle opaque . . . . . 3

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Body uniformly dark brown . . . . . Zatania karstica

Body distinctly bicoloured, with reddish brown head and mesosoma, and darker brown gaster . . . . . 4

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Larger species (SL > 1.6 mm; HL > 1.0 mm; ML > 1.7 mm); head with a layer of pubescence; mesosoma with abundant erect setae . . . . . Zatania gibberosa

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Smaller species (SL < 1.5 mm; HL < 1.0 mm; ML < 1.5 mm); head without a layer of pubescence, although sometimes scattered pubescence present; mesosoma with scattered erect setae . . . . . Zatania albimaculata

Prenolepis albimaculata casent0106052 profile 1.jpg

References

  • LaPolla, J. S., R. J. Kallal, and S. G. Brady. 2012. A new ant genus from the Greater Antilles and Central America, Zatania (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), exemplifies the utility of male and molecular character systems. Systematic Entomology. 37(1):200-214.
  • LaPolla, J.S., Kallal, R.J. & Brady, S.G. 2012. A new ant genus from the Greater Antilles and Central America, Zatania exemplifies the utility of male and molecular character systems. Systematic Entomology 37: 200-214.