This parasite was discovered as part of a September 1965 ant biodiversity study in the southeastern portion of the Parc des Laurentides (now Grands-Jardins National Park) in Quebec. A queen and male were found in a Myrmica alaskensis nest.
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One of two known parasites of Myrmica alaskensis. Both parasites are only known from queens and males. Francoeur (1984) provided a couplet for distinguishing M. lampra from the other parasite, Myrmica quebecensis
Key to species of the lampra group
1. Ocular index < 26 (eye diameter x 100/head width). Propodeal spines well developed, as long as or longer than one-half the distance which separates their bases. Body bicolored, reddish or yellowish brown. Female habitus . . . . . 2
Ocular index >30. Propodeal spines reduced, as long as or shorter than one-third the distance which separates their bases. Concolorous body, dark to blackish brown. Male habitus . . . . . 3
2. Petiolar sternum with a median keel protruded anteriorly into an angular lobe. Anterior margin of clypeus angulo-convex. Eyes with long reclinate hairs. Fine striae on dorsum of head . . . . . lampra
Petiolar sternum with a strong vertical lamella. Anterior margin of clypeus weakly convex. Eyes only with short straight hairs. Coarse striae on dorsum of head . . . . . quebecensis
3. Petiolar sternum with a median keel feebly protruding anteriorly like a spine. Scape equal to the first 7.5 meres of the funiculum, scape index = 84 (scape length x 100/head width) . . . . . lampra
Petiolar sternum with an elongated lamella, directed downward and forward. Scape equal to the first 5 meres of the funiculum. scape index < 62 . . . . . . quebecensis
Keys including this Species
Sainte-Anne-du-Nord River, Parc des Laurentides, County of Charlevoix-West (types) and HavreSaint-Pierre, county of Saguenay (no 08566), Quebec Province.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
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The type material was found in the nest of Myrmica alaskensis. The nest was located in a rotten, moist tree trunk on the ground of a slope facing south, between the Sainte-Anne-du-Nord river (Quebec) and a sand road, at an altitude of 2400 feet ( ). This area is subartic, dominated by black spruce and a ground cover of caribou lichen.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- lampra. Myrmica lampra Francoeur, 1968: 729, figs. 1-5 (q.m.) CANADA. See also: Kutter, 1973c: 256; Francoeur, 1981: 756; Bolton, 1988a: 4.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
The nest of the host-species was hollowed in a rotten and very humid tree trunk. The trunk rested on the ground of a slope facing south, between the Sainte-Anne-du-Nord river and a sand road, at an altitude of 2400 feet. The geographical coordinates of the place are 47°40'30"N latitude and 70°46'30"W longitude. Both specimens are deposited as types in the Provancher Collection of the Musee du Quebec, Laval University.
lampra Greek = brilliant
- Bolton, B. 1988a. A new socially parasitic Myrmica, with a reassessment of the genus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 13: 1-11 (page 4, see also)
- Francoeur, A. 1968. Une nouvelle espèce du genre Myrmica au Québec (Formicidae, Hymenoptera). La Naturaliste Canadien. 95:727-730. PDF (page 729, figs. 1-5; queen, male described)
- Francoeur, A. 1981c. Le groupe néarctique Myrmica lampra (Formicidae, Hymenoptera). The Canadian Entomologist. 113:755-759. (page 756, see also)
- Francoeur, A. 2002b. Deuxieme mention de Myrmica lampra Francoeur au Québec (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Fabreries. 27(2): 156. PDF (page 156, record in Quebec)
- Kutter, H. 1973d. Über die morphologischen Beziehungen der Gattung Myrmica zu ihren Satellitengenera Sifolinia Em., Symbiomyrma Arnoldi und Sommimyrma Menozzi (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Mitt. Schweiz. Entomol. Ges. 46: 253-268 (page 256, see also)