Myrmica vittata

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Myrmica vittata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. vittata
Binomial name
Myrmica vittata
Radchenko & Elmes, 1999

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Specimen Label

Nothing is known about the biology of Myrmica vittata (Bharti et al., 2016).

Identification

Differs from all the other Eurasian Myrmica species, which have a weak curve at the base scape, by the absence of rugae, surrounding the antennal sockets, combined with the coarse, regular longitudinal rugosity of the head, alitrunk (including its dorsum) and petiolar nodes. (Radchenko and Elmes 2010)

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Known only from the type localities in Pakistan.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India, Pakistan (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Known only from the worker caste.

Nomenclature

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

  • vittata. Myrmica vittata Radchenko & Elmes, 1999a: 33, fig. 2 (1-4) (w.) PAKISTAN. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 319.

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

Description

Type Material

Holotype, w, Pakistan, Bumburet, 24.05.83, leg. M. Brancucci (London); paratypes: 2 w with the same label; 2 w, Pakistan, Kalam, 12.08.1994, leg. S. Dakatra (London, Milan, Kiev, Elmes).

Etymology

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - from the Latin word vitta = band or ribbon with the adjectival suffix - ata, to describe the band of straight longitudinal rugae on the head and alitrunk dorsum.

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bharti H. 2011. List of Indian ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Halteres 3: 79-87.
  • Bharti H., S. Sasi, and A. Radchenko. 2016. Biogeography and ecology of Myrmica species (Formicidae: Myrmicinae) in Himalayan regions. Sociobiology 63(3): 956-975.
  • Radchenko A. G., and G. W. Elmes. 1999. Ten new species of Myrmica (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from the Himalaya. Vestnik Zoologii 33(3): 27-46.
  • Radchenko A. G., and G. W. Elmes. 2001. A taxonomic revision of the ant genus Myrmica Latreille, 1804 from the Himalaya (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Entomologica Basiliensia 23: 237-276.
  • Radchenko A. G., and G. W. Elmes. 2010. Myrmica ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3. Warsaw: Natura Optima Dux Foundation, 790 pp.
  • Radchenko, A. G., and G. W. Elmes. "A taxonomic revision of the ant genus Myrmica Latreille, 1804 from the Himalaya (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)." Entomologica Basiliensia 23 (2001): 237-276.
  • Rasheed M. T., I. Bodlah, A. G. Fareen, A. A. Wachkoo, X. Huang, and S. A. Akbar. 2019. A checklist of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Pakistan. Sociobiology 66(3): 426-439.