Meranoplus magrettii

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Meranoplus magrettii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Meranoplus
Species: M. magrettii
Binomial name
Meranoplus magrettii
André, 1884
Synonyms

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Colonies are found nesting in the soil of open habitats. There is a small round turret of vegetation at the nest opening. These small ants are relatively slow moving and inconspicuous. They forage at night.

Identification

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Sudan (type locality), Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zimbabwe.


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Habitat

Known from savannah, open-woodland and grassland habitats.

Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • magrettii. Meranoplus magrettii André, 1884a: 245 (w.) SUDAN. [Also described as new by André, 1884b: 543.] Menozzi & Consani, 1952: 66 (q.). Senior synonym of bondroiti, diversipilosus, nitidiventris, simoni, springvalensis, suturalis: Bolton, 1981a: 55.
  • simoni. Meranopus simoni Emery, 1895h: 41, pl. 2, fig. 23 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Junior synonym of magrettii: Bolton, 1981a: 55.
  • nitidiventris. Meranoplus simoni subsp. nitidiventris Mayr, 1901b: 26 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Arnold, 1917: 371 (q.m.). Junior synonym of magrettii: Bolton, 1981a: 55.
  • suturalis. Meranoplus simoni subsp. suturalis Forel, 1910e: 424 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Junior synonym of magrettii: Bolton, 1981a: 55.
  • bondroiti. Meranoplus bondroiti Santschi, 1915c: 254, fig. 4 (w.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Junior synonym of magrettii: Bolton, 1981a: 55.
  • springvalensis. Meranoplus simoni var. springvalensis Arnold, 1917: 372 (w.) ZIMBABWE. Junior synonym of magrettii: Bolton, 1981a: 55.
  • diversipilosus. Meranoplus simoni var. diversipilosus Santschi, 1932a: 388 (w.) ZIMBABWE. Junior synonym of magrettii: Bolton, 1981a: 55.

Description

References

  • André, E. 1884b [1883]. [Untitled. Meranoplus Magrettii Andr. n. sp.]. P. 245 in: Magretti, P. Raccolte imenotterologiche nell'Africa Orientale. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 15:241-253. PDF (page 245, worker described)
  • André, E. 1884f. [Untitled. Meranoplus Magrettii, n. sp.]. P. 543 in: Magretti, P. Risultati di raccolte imenotterologiche nell'Africa Orientale. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 21:523-636. (page 543, also described as new)
  • Bolton, B. 1981a. A revision of the ant genera Meranoplus F. Smith, Dicroaspis Emery and Calyptomyrmex Emery (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Ethiopian zoogeographical region. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 42: 43-81 (page 55, Senior synonym of bondroiti, diversipilosus, nitidiventris, simoni, springvalensis and suturalis)
  • Menozzi, C.; Consani, M. 1952 [1951]. Missione biologica Sagan-Omo diretta dal Prof. E. Zavattari. Hymenoptera Formicidae. Riv. Biol. Colon. 11: 57-71 (page 66, queen described)