Myrmothrinax

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Myrmothrinax
Polyrhachis abnormis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrmothrinax
Forel, 1915
Type species
Polyrhachis thrinax
Diversity
35 species

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Specimen labels

This is currently a subgenus of Polyrhachis. Please see Polyrhachis for further information.

Species Groups

Kohout (2008) - The subgenus Myrmothrinax has never been formally subdivided, but with the number of its constituent species rapidly increasing, I am proposing two species-groups, based on the most characteristic feature in the workers, the relative lengths of the petiolar spines. The aequalis-group includes species with the petiolar spines more-or-less subequal or with the middle spine shorter than the lateral pair. The thrinax-group includes those species with a distinctly elongated middle spine.

aequalis species group

Polyrhachis aequalis species-group

thrinax species group

Polyrhachis thrinax species-group

Nomenclature

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

  • MYRMOTHRINAX [subgenus of Polyrhachis]
    • Myrmothrinax Forel, 1915b: 107 [as subgenus of Polyrhachis]. Type-species: Polyrhachis thrinax, by original designation.
    • Myrmothrinax senior synonym of Evelyna: Hung, 1967b: 402.
  • EVELYNA [junior synonym of Myrmothrinax]
    • Evelyna Donisthorpe, 1937c: 273 [as subgenus of Polyrhachis]. Type-species: Polyrhachis (Evelyna) cheesmanae, by original designation.
    • Evelyna junior synonym of Myrmothrinax: Hung, 1967b: 402.

References