Plagiolepis regis

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Plagiolepis regis
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Plagiolepis
Species: P. regis
Binomial name
Plagiolepis regis
Karavaiev, 1931

This species has been considered to be an inquiline but no specific details, including the host, are known. Its status as an inquiline seems to be based on its morphological similarity to Plagiolepis ampeloni, a known workerless inquiline. However, P. regis differs from P. ampeloni having a worker caste. Whether it is truly an inquiline or is free-living remains an open question until nests can be examined.

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Kazakhstan (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • regis. Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) regis Karavaiev, 1931a: 312, fig. 3 (w.q.m.) KAZAKHSTAN. Combination in Aporomyrmex: Faber, 1969: 63; in Plagiolepis: Dlussky & Zabelin, 1985: 234.

Description

References

  • Buschinger, A. (2009). Social parasitism among ants: a review. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 12: 219-235.
  • Dlussky, G. M.; Zabelin, S. I. 1985. Ant fauna (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of the River Sumbar Basin (south-west Kopetdag). Pp. 208-246 in: Nechaevaya, N. T. (ed.) The vegetation and animal world of western Kopetdag. Ashkhabad: Ylym, 278 pp. (page 234, Combination in Plagiolepis)
  • Faber, W. 1969. Beiträge zur Kenntnis sozialparasitischer Ameisen. 2. Aporomyrmex ampeloni nov. gen., nov. spec. (Hym. Formicidae), ein neuer permanenter Sozialparasit bei Plagiolepis vindobonensis Lomnicki aus Österreich. Pflanzenschutz Ber. 39: 39-100 (page 63, Combination in Aporomyrmex)
  • Karavaiev, V. 1931a [1930]. Myrmekologische Fragmente, III. Zool. Anz. 92: 309-317 (page 312, fig. 3 worker, queen, male described)