Myrmica inezae

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Myrmica inezae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. inezae
Binomial name
Myrmica inezae
Forel, 1902

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Specimen Label

Colonies of Myrmica inezae were found nesting under stones and in rotten logs at shady places. These areas are covered with Cedrus and Pinus trees with very dense ground vegetation. Lowest and highest air temperature observed at the collection site was 21.4°C and 30°C, respectively, the nest temperature never exceeding 17°C. Humidity of the collection site ranged from 54% to 79%. Alates appear in June and July. The altitudinal range for this species is 1900-3000m above mean sea level. (Bharti et al., 2016)

Identification

A member of the inezae group. M. inezae is a very conspicuous species, belonging to the inezae species group. Even though this species was described only from a single worker, it so well differs from any other known Myrmica species that we had no .trouble attributing the non-type material to this species. Its main features are the coarse transversal rugosity on the alitrunk dorsum combined with long propodeal spines and a long petiole having a very long and thin peduncle. (Radchenko and Elmes 2010)

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Males have not been collected.

Nomenclature

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

  • inezae. Myrmica inezae Forel, 1902c: 226 (w.) INDIA. Radchenko & Elmes, 2002: 37 (q.). See also: Bingham, 1903: 268; Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 153.

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

Description

Type Material

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - Holotype. w, "Himalaya, Pachmarchi (Schurr)" (GENEVA);

Etymology

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - Forel's eldest daughter was called Inez and although he did not specifically say so, this species was most probably dedicated to her; the name is derived from Greek and means chaste. Forel also gave :this name to species in two other genera.

References