Oxyepoecus regularis

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Oxyepoecus regularis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Oxyepoecus
Species: O. regularis
Binomial name
Oxyepoecus regularis
Ulysséa & Brandão, 2012

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Oxyepoecus regularis is known from three localities in Northeastern Brazil, all in the state of Bahia – Milagres, Boa Vista do Tupim and Vitória da Conquista. The sampled place in Milagres is covered by “Caatinga Arbórea”, while in Boa Vista do Tupim it corresponds to a “Mata Seca”, both areas are located within the “Caatinga” biome. The specimens sampled in Vitória da Conquista were collected in areas covered by Atlantic Forest (M.L. Oliveira, personal communication).

Identification

Ulysséa & Brandão (2012) - The exclusive character of Oxyepoecus regularis workers in relation to the other species of the Rastratus group is the presence of sub-parallel longitudinal, regularly spaced costulae, which are thick and well marked on the dorsum and lateral areas of the head, extending until the vertexal margin, on the gena and on the ventral face of the head.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality).


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Biology

Castes

Males have yet to be collected.

Nomenclature

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

  • regularis. Oxyepoecus regularis Ulysséa & Brandão, 2012: 169, figs. 1, 2 (w.q.) BRAZIL.

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

Description

Worker

(holotype and variation of 70 paratypes within brackets): t.l. = 2.06 (1.99‑2.23), h.w. = 0.46 (0.43‑0.48), h.l. = 0.51 (0.49‑0.55), e.l. = 0.05 (0.05‑0.08), s.l. = 0.30 (0.28‑0.34), m.l. = 0.09 (0.06‑0.11), w.l. = 0.60 (0.52‑0.65), m.w.pr. = 0.35 (0.30‑0.36), m.w.p. = 0.15 (0.14‑0.18), m.w.p.p. = 0.21 (0.19‑0.24), h.f.l. = 0.30 (0.28‑0.33), c.i. = 90.20 (82.93‑95).

With characters and states present in other Oxyepoecus species of the Rastratus group (Albuquerque & Brandão, 2009:293) and body color black, mandibles, antennae and legs yellowish, gaster dark brown. Integument, when observed under the stereomicroscope, sculptured with thick, well marked, regularly spaced and sub-parallel costulae, with the exceptions of the nuchal region and gaster, which are smooth; dorsum of head with longitudinal costulae, prolonged posteriorly, reaching the occipital margin and laterally surpassing the compound eyes region, covering the ventral face of the head; genae, dorsum and laterals of pronotum, mesonotum, mesopleura and metapleuron (including bulla) with longitudinal costulae; in the genae the costulae reach the superior margin of the lateral portion of clypeus; anterior inclination of pronotum, propodeum, petiole (including the ventral face) and postpetiole with well marked transversal costulae.

Long, suberect to subdecumbent hairs with varied orientations on head, mesosoma, petiole, postpetiole and gaster; antennae and legs with short and decumbent hairs.

Mandibles relatively short and striate in its basal portion, basal tooth not separated from the sub-basal by a broad or a relatively shallow diastema; frontal carinae short, not surpassing the level of the superior margins of the compound eyes, gently convex and sub-parallel, the maximum width between their outer edges always less than one third of the head width; compound eyes convex, with about 3‑4 ommatidia in a row across the greatest diameter, total number of ommatidia less than 12.

Mesosoma with convex promesonotum in lateral view and weakly marginate in front and laterally in dorsal view; well marked shoulders; metanotal groove absent; metanotal suture indistinct; propodeal spines long, acute and oriented backwards.

Petiolar node higher than that of the postpetiole in lateral view, subquadrate in dorsal view, not compressed antero-posteriorly neither laterally expanded; in lateral view, subpetiolar process in the form of a subquadrate denticle whose height is approximately equivalent to the half of the height of the anterior region of the peduncle. Postpetiolar node broader than long, antero-posteriorly compressed and laterally expanded; subpostpetiolar process conspicuous and developed as two small and transverse crests when seen from the side.

Queen

(dealate, N = 1): t.l. = 2.47, h.w. = 0.50, h.l. = 0.55, e.l. = 0.13, s.l. = 0.34, m.l. = 0.15, w.l. = 0.70, m.w.pr. = 0.38, m.w.p. = 0.19, m.w.p.p. = 0.25, h.f.l. = 0.35, c.i. = 90.91.

Resembling worker, with the appropriate caste modifications. Integument, when observed under the stereomicroscope, sculptured with thick, well marked, regularly spaced and sub-parallel costulae, with the exceptions of the nuchal region and gaster, which are smooth; dorsum of pronotum and propodeum with transversal costulae; sides of pronotum and bulla covered by oblique costulae; mesopleura, metapleuron and sides of propodeum with longitudinal costulae in the inferior region and oblique costulae in the superior region; scutum and scutellum longitudinally costulate. Compound eyes with about 10‑12 ommatidia in a row across the greatest diameter. Three ocelli equal in size, diameter equal to minimum antennal scape width. Remaining characters as in workers.

Type Material

Holotype: Worker, Brazil: Bahia: Milagres [12°54.542’S, 39°51.279’W], 23.x.2010, M.A. Ulysséa, A.M. Medina & E.M. Campos leg., extracted from 1 m2 samples of Caatinga leaf litter submitted to the Winkler extractor for 48 hours (Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo).

Paratypes: seventy workers and one gyne extracted from 1 m2 leaf litter samples submitted to Winkler apparatus, from Brazil: Bahia: Milagres: 68 workers and 01 gyne sampled in different dates and areas in the municipality of Milagres: 06 workers, 29.vii.2010 (Museu de Zoologia da Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana), 07 workers, 09.xi.2010 (MZSP), 19 workers, 17.i.2011 (MZSP) [12°54.411’S, 39°50.863’W]; 09 workers, 13.vii.2010 (03 in Laboratório de Mirmecologia CEPEC / CPDC, 03 in The Natural History Museum and 03 in Museum of Comparative Zoology), 07 workers, 23.x.2010 (MZFS) and 12 workers, 10.i.2011 (MZSP) [12°54.542’S, 39°51.279’W]; 03 workers, 24.x.2010 (USNM), 05 workers and 01 gyne (MZSP), 10.i.2011 [12°54.294’S, 39°52.083’W]; M.A. Ulysséa, A.M. Medina & E.M. Campos leg.; Boa Vista do Tupim: 02 workers sampled in different dates and areas: 01 worker, 25.i.2011 (MZSP) [12°39’36”S, 40°36’32”W], L.S.S.R. Macêdo, J.J. Resende, C.B.S. Galheigo & E. da C. Menezes leg.; 01 worker, 27.i.2011 (MZFS) [12°39’36”S, 40°36’32”W], L.S.S.R. Macêdo & E. da C. Menezes leg.

Etymology

The specific name refers to the regular sculpture covering the whole body, which is mostly re-covered by sub-parallel longitudinal costulae. This combination of sculpture is not found in any another Oxyepoecus species described until now.

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