Paratopula ceylonica

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Paratopula ceylonica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Paratopula
Species: P. ceylonica
Binomial name
Paratopula ceylonica
(Emery, 1901)

Paratopula-ceylonicaD3.2x.jpg Specimen Labels

Synonyms


Photo Gallery

  • Dealate queen. Photo by Manoj Vembayam.
  • Paratopula ceylonica queen. Photo by Martinho G. Marques.

Identification

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Philippines.
Oriental Region: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka (type locality), Taiwan.
Palaearctic Region: China.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

This species is found in grasslands where it feeds on dead cockroach bodies and bread pieces (Mohyuddin et al., 2020).

Castes

Queen

Nomenclature

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

  • ceylonica. Atopomyrmex ceylonicus Emery, 1901f: 114, fig. (q.) SRI LANKA. Forel, 1913f: 196 (w.); Bolton, 1988b: 138 (m.). Combination in Atopula: Emery, 1912b: 104; in Leptothorax: Forel, 1916: 459; in Paratopula: Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 144. Senior synonym of taylori: Bolton, 1988b: 138.
  • taylori. Leptothorax taylori Forel, 1902c: 228 (w.q.) INDIA. Combination in Atopula: Forel, 1913f: 197; in Leptothorax: Forel, 1916: 459. Subspecies of ceylonica: Forel, 1913f: 197. Junior synonym of ceylonica: Bolton, 1988b: 138.

Description

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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  • Chapman, J. W., and Capco, S. R. 1951. Check list of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Asia. Monogr. Inst. Sci. Technol. Manila 1: 1-327
  • Collingwood C. A. 1962. Some ants (Hym. Formicidae) from north-east Asia. Entomologisk Tidskrift 83: 215-230.
  • Dias R. K. S. 2002. Current knowledge on ants of Sri Lanka. ANeT Newsletter 4: 17- 21.
  • Dias R. K. S. 2006. Current taxonomic status of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Sri Lanka. The Fauna of Sri Lanka: 43-52. Bambaradeniya, C.N.B. (Editor), 2006. Fauna of Sri Lanka: Status of Taxonomy, Research and Conservation. The World Conservation Union, Colombo, Sri Lanka & Government of Sri Lanka. viii + 308pp.
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  • Wheeler W. M. 1929. Ants collected by Professor F. Silvestri in Formosa, the Malay Peninsula and the Philippines. Bollettino del Laboratorio di Zoologia Generale e Agraria della Reale Scuola Superiore d'Agricoltura. Portici 24: 27-64.
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