Paraparatrechina minutula

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Paraparatrechina minutula
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Paraparatrechina
Species: P. minutula
Binomial name
Paraparatrechina minutula
(Forel, 1901)

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Specimen Labels

Subspecies
Synonyms

A rare inhabitant of urban bushland in the Perth area, where it was found nesting in rotting wood on one occasion. Specimens have also been collected on Rottnest Island (Wheeler 1934). Since the species is common on the east and south-east coasts of Australia, it is possible, though perhaps unlikely, that it has been introduced to Perth by human agency. (Heterick 2009)

Identification

Heterick (2009) - Small and yellowish, and the erect, bristly setae on the head capsule are confined to the vertex and midline of the head capsule.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality), Lord Howe Island.
Indo-Australian Region: Fiji, Guam, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Nomenclature

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

  • atomus. Prenolepis minutula r. atomus Forel, 1901b: 25 (w.) NEW GUINEA (Bismarck Archipelago). Viehmeyer, 1916a: 148 (q.m.). Combination in Pr. (Nylanderia): Viehmeyer, 1916a: 148; in Paratrechina (Nylanderia): Emery, 1925b: 221. Raised to species: Donisthorpe, 1941a: 143; Donisthorpe, 1941c: 143. Junior synonym of minutula: Wilson & Taylor, 1967: 89.
  • minutula. Prenolepis minutula Forel, 1901b: 25 (footnote) (w.) AUSTRALIA. Wheeler, W.M. 1927i: 150 (q.m.). Combination in Pr. (Nylanderia): Emery, 1914f: 422; in Paratrechina (Nylanderia): Emery, 1925b: 221; in Paraparatrechina: LaPolla, Brady & Shattuck, 2010a: 128. Senior synonym of atomus: Wilson & Taylor, 1967: 89. Current subspecies: nominal plus buxtoni.

Type Material

Description

References

  • Emery, C. 1914f. Les fourmis de la Nouvelle-Calédonie et des îles Loyalty. Nova Caled. A Zool. 1: 393-437 (page 422, Combination in Pr. (Nylanderia))
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 221, Combination in Paratrechina (Nylanderia))
  • Forel, A. 1901c. Formiciden aus dem Bismarck-Archipel, auf Grundlage des von Prof. Dr. F. Dahl gesammelten Materials. Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berl. 2: 4-37 (page 25, worker described)
  • Heterick, B. E. 2009a. A guide to the ants of South-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 76: 1-206. Part 2.
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1927i. The ants of Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island. Proc. Am. Acad. Arts Sci. 62: 121-153 (page 150, queen, male described)
  • Wilson, E. O.; Taylor, R. W. 1967b. The ants of Polynesia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Pac. Insects Monogr. 14: 1-109 (page 89, Senior synonym of atomus)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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