Monomorium chinense

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Monomorium chinense
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species: M. chinense
Binomial name
Monomorium chinense
Santschi, 1925

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Micronesia (Federated States of).
Oriental Region: Thailand, Vietnam.
Palaearctic Region: China (type locality), Japan, Republic of Korea.

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Zhao et al. (2018) - Twenty-one volatile terpenes and terpenoids were found in Monomorium chinense Santschi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), a native Chinese ant, by using headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) coupled with gas-phase chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC-MS), which makes this ant one of the most prolific terpene producers in insect. A sesquiterpene with unknown structure (terpene 1) was the main terpene in workers and neocembrene in queens. Terpenes and terpenoids were detected in poison, Dufour's and mandibular glands of both workers and queens. Worker ants raised on a terpene-free diet showed the same terpene profile as ants collected in the field, indicating that denovo terpene and terpenoid synthesis occurs in M. chinense.



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

  • chinense. Monomorium minutum var. chinensis Santschi, 1925f: 86 (w.) CHINA. Wheeler, W.M. 1929f: 6 (q.m.). Raised to species: Bolton, 1987: 288 (in text). See also: Wang & Wu, 1995: 88.