Monomorium manir

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Monomorium manir
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species: M. manir
Binomial name
Monomorium manir
Bolton, 1987

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Specimen Labels

Known only from the holotype, which was found in Acacia-Commiphila scrub.

Identification

Bolton (1987) - A member of the M. katir complex in the M. monomorium species group. This small darkly coloured large-eyed species is related to Monomorium balathir, Monomorium holothir and Monomorium katir. For separation of the four see the notes under balathir.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Kenya (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.

  • manir. Monomorium manir Bolton, 1987: 400 (w.) KENYA.

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 1.8, HL 0.48, HW 0.36, CI 75, SL 0.32, SI 89, PW 0.23, AL 0.48. Clypeal carinae sharply defined and distinctly divergent anteriorly. Prominent median portion of clypeus with a pair of projecting low triangular denticles separating its anterior and lateral margins; the anterior margin shallowly concave between the denticles. Eyes relatively large and very conspicuous, their maximum diameter 0.31 x HW and with 7 ommatidia in the longest row. In profile the maximum diameter of the eye much greater than the shortest distance between the anteriormost point of the eye and the mandibular articulation . In full-face view the eyes distinctly in front of the midlength of the sides and the antennal scapes, when laid straight back from their insertions, failing to reach the occipital margin. Sides of head very feebly convex in full-face view and the broad occipital margin slightly concave. Promesonotal dorsum only shallowly convex in profile, sloping posteriorly to the impressed but narrow metanotal groove. Metanotal cross-ribs short but conspicuous. Propodeal spiracle very small, pinhole-like. Petiole in profile with a short stout anterior peduncle and with an anteroventral process which consists of a small low lobe which tapers posteriorly, not reaching back to the level of the spiracle. Node of petiole narrow and subconical, higher than the postpetiole and noticeably more narrowly rounded above. Dorsal surfaces of head and body moderately clothed with standing hairs, the promesonotum with 4-5 pairs of which the longest are those at the pronotal humeri . Sculpture absent except for scattered minute hair-pits, metanotal short cross-ribs and some faint vestiges at about the mid-height of the mesopleuron. Colour shiny dark brown, the appendages and ventral surface of the head lighter.

Type Material

Holotype worker, Kenya: Kora, Tana Riv. , 1983 , 0- 100 m, no. 21 , Acacia-Commiphila scrub (N. M. Collins & M. Ritchie) (The Natural History Museum).

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bolton B. 1987. A review of the Solenopsis genus-group and revision of Afrotropical Monomorium Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Entomology 54: 263-452.