Myrmecina wesselensis

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Myrmecina wesselensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Myrmecina
Species: M. wesselensis
Binomial name
Myrmecina wesselensis
Shattuck, 2009

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Specimen labels

This species is known from a single worker collected foraging on the ground at night from the Wessel Islands, Northern Territory, Australia.

Identification

Shattuck (2009) - Erect hairs on gaster (and most on mesonotum) strongly curved so their tips are nearly parallel with the surface of the body. These short, curved hairs are unique among the Australian fauna and will separate this species from all others.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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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.

  • wesselensis. Myrmecina wesselensis Shattuck, 2009a: 21, figs. 44-46, 52 (w.) AUSTRALIA.

Type Material

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

Description

Worker

Antennal scapes smooth. First segment of funiculus cone-shaped. Sides of head behind compound eyes smooth. Sculpturing on dorsal surface of mesosoma running longitudinally and generally with the central carina (or carinae) running nearly the length (the pronotum not differentiated from the mesonotum). Dorsal and lateral surfaces of mesosoma separated by an indistinct angle or ridge which interrupts or breaks the mesosomal sculpturing. Metanotal spines reduced, small. Propodeal spines long. Erect hairs on gaster (and most on mesonotum) strongly curved so their tips are nearly parallel with the surface of the body. Colour dark brown-black, antennae, mandibles, legs and tip of gaster yellow-red.

(n = 1) — CI 100; HL 0.68; HW 0.68; MTL 0.34; SI 81; SL 0.55; WL 0.77.

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