Monomorium aeyade

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Monomorium aeyade
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species group: monomorium
Species: M. aeyade
Binomial name
Monomorium aeyade
Collingwood & Agosti, 1996

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known of the biology or ecology of this species, which remains known only from the original type material.

Identification

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Oman (type locality).


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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.

  • aeyade. Monomorium aeyade Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 341 (w.) OMAN.

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

Description

Worker

Holotype: TL 1.5; HL 0.38; HW 0.31; CI 81.5; 51 96.8; HW/EL 0.24. Des c rip t ion: These two tiny ants were taken from under a stone in sandy terrain. They resemble Monomorium guillarmodi from Lesotho by their small size and total absence of dorsal alitrunk hairs unlike all other known Monomorium species with 11-segmented antennae. The Arabian species differs from M. guillarmodi by the smaller eyes, the rounded anterior margin of the clypeus and the more rounded promesonotal dorsum. M guillarmodi has 1-2 pairs of hairs on the occipital margin which are absent in M. aeyade. These two, somewhat unique, species are otherwise very similar both being glossy brown with very little sculpture.

Type Material

Holotype: worker, Oman, Wadi Aeyad, 20.III.1990, M.D. Gallagher. - Paratype: 1 worker, same series as holotype.

  • Neotype (designated by Sharaf, Al Dhafer et al., 2018: 6), worker, Wadi Aeyad, Oman, 20 March 1990, MD Gallagher, CASENT0922329, World Museum, Liverpool.

Sharaf, Al Dhafer et al. (2018): This species was originally described based on two worker specimens, the holotype and one paratype. During an extensive search in the WMLC collection it was not possible to locate the holotype, which is presumably lost. However, the paratype specimen was available for examination and we designate it as a neotype to unequivocally ascertain the identity of the species.

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