Monomorium heggyi

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Monomorium heggyi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species group: salomonis
Species: M. heggyi
Binomial name
Monomorium heggyi
Sharaf, 2021

The type locality of this species is within the Shada Al-A’Ala Nature Reserve, a protected area consisting of an isolated granite mountain massif in southwestern Saudi Arabia. This a Nature Reserve located in the Al Bahah Province in the southwestern KSA at an elevational range of 470–2,222 m. The locality is characterized by relatively high rainfall, diverse habitats, and high biodiversity, as well as by the presence of large areas of terraced fields used for cultivating banana, coffee, figs, and lemon. The region has a diverse range of wild vegetation cover including plants of the Leguminosae (Fabaceae), composites (Asteraceae), and graminoides (Poaceae). Acacia (Fabaceae) and Juniper (Cupressaceae) are the most dominant plants (SWA, 2018; El-Hawagry et al., 2016). Shada Al-A’Ala harbors a high number of endemic animals including birds, mammals (SWA, 2018) and insects (El-Hawagry et al., 2016).

Identification

Monomorium heggyi is diagnosed by the following character combination:

  • scapes when laid back from their insertions just reaching posterior margin of head
  • head in full-face view with eyes located nearly at midlength
  • promesonotal outline feebly convex or flat, sloping posteriorly to narrow and shallowly impressed metanotal groove

Distribution

Distribution based on type material

Saudi Arabia (type locality).


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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • heggyi. Monomorium heggyi Sharaf, in Sharaf et al., 2021: 31, figs. 16A-C (w.) SAUDI ARABIA (Al Baha).

Description

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