Monomorium abeillei

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Monomorium abeillei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species: M. abeillei
Binomial name
Monomorium abeillei
André, 1881

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Specimen Labels

This is a wide-ranging Middle Eastern species found throughout Arabia from coastal lowlands to high mountains (Collingwood and Agosti 1996).

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Afghanistan, Iran, Israel (type locality), Kuwait, Oman.

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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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.

  • abeillei. Monomorium abeillei André, in Emery, 1881b: 531 (footnote) (w.) ISRAEL. [Also described as new by André, 1881b: 67.] Combination in M. (Xeromyrmex): Emery, 1922e: 177. Subspecies of salomonis: Forel, 1910a: 23; Hamann & Klemm, 1967: 413. Revived status as species: Collingwood, 1985: 269; Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 340.

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

Description

Collingwood and Agosti (1996) - TL 2.40-2.75; CI 78-91; SI 90-104; EL/HW 0.24-0.29.

Anterior margin of clypeus slightly concave. Eyes moderately large, about one quarter HW with 9-10 ommatidia in the longest row. Head almost straight-sided, occiput weakly emarginate in dorsal view with rounded corners. In profile the alitrunk has the promesonotal dorsum meeting the flat propodeum at an oblique angle. The propodeum has a characteristic well-defined, longitudinal V-shaped furrow bordered by a distinct raised edge at each side. The petiole in profile is a high rounded triangle, in dorsal view mildly transverse but not wider than the postpetiole. The pronotum has one pair of hairs, the petiole one pair and the postpetiole two pairs. There are a few scattered hairs on the first gastral tergite. The head, pronotum and nodes have superficial reticulate sculpture; the mesopropodeum and the sides of the head are coarsely punctate. The gaster is brilliant with very superficial sculpture. The body colour is evenly brownish black to black with reddish articulations, pale funiculi, tarsi and mandibles.

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