Proformica lebasi

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Proformica lebasi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Proformica
Species: P. lebasi
Binomial name
Proformica lebasi
Borowiec & Salata, 2022

This is a mountain species, found on rocky pastures with sparse vegetation located above the upper edge of the forest at an altitude 979-1758 m. Nests are in ground and workers are active only in the midday hours with the strongest insolation.

Photo Gallery

  • Borowiec & Salata (2022), Fig. 131.1-2. Proformica lebasi: 1 – minor worker, dorsal, 2 – minor worker, lateral (photographed by Lech Borowiec).
  • Borowiec & Salata (2022), Fig. 131.3-4. Proformica lebasi: 3 – minor worker, head and antennae, 4 – minor worker, head (photographed by Lech Borowiec).
  • Borowiec & Salata (2022), Fig. 131.5-6. Proformica lebasi: 5 – major worker, dorsal, 6 – majoe worker, lateral (photographed by Lech Borowiec).
  • Borowiec & Salata (2022), Fig. 131.7-8. Proformica lebasi: 7 – major worker, head and antennae, 8 – major worker, head (photographed by Lech Borowiec).

Identification

Proformica lebasi belongs to the species with sparsely setose mesosoma and occipital part of head without or at most with 1-2 setae in occipital corners.

Proformica striaticeps differs in body of minor workers yellowish brown and distinctly striated frons and mesosoma and central part of first gastral tergite lacking erected setae or at most with 1-2 short erected setae, appressed pubescence on gastral tergites short and sparse, hardly visible while in P. lebasi workers are dark brown to black and striation on frons, if present, is diffused and covers only on central frons, pronotum and central part of first gastral tergite usually with few erected setae and appressed pubescence on gastral tergites short and sparse but well visible.

Proformica oculatissima differs in sparser appressed pubescence (distance between hairs as large as 1/2 or whole length of hair), and more shiny body with diffused background microreticulation; additionally P. oculatissima differs in less evident mesosomal setation with number of setae on mesonotum and propodeum less than 3 and on pronotum usually less than 4.

Distribution

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 40° to 40°.

 
North
Temperate
North
Subtropical
Tropical South
Subtropical
South
Temperate
  • Source: Borowiec & Salata, 2022

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Greece (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.
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Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.
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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • lebasi. Proformica lebasi Borowiec & Salata, 2022: 260, figs. 131.1-8 (s.w.) GREECE.

Type Material

  • Holotype minor worker: GREECE, The., Larissa | Olympus, Vrisopoules loc. 1 | 40.03372/22.31675, 1550 m | 15 V 2019, L. Borowiec || Collection L.

Borowiec | Formicidae | LBC-GR02888 (MNHW)

  • Paratypes: 5 minor workers: the same data as holotype (MNHW, MHNG); 2 minor workers: GREECE, Thess., Mt. Olympus | 2.8 km W of EOCHO ski center | 40.0255 N / 22.30421 E | 9 V 2017, L. Borowiec. 1340 m || Collection L. Borowiec | Formicidae | LBC-GR02380 (MNHW); one minor and 2 major workers: Greece, Thessaly, 979 m | Mt. Olympus, 1 km N of | Kryovrysi, 32.989N/22.326E | 7 V 2017, C. Lebas || Collection L. Borowiec | Formicidae | LBC-GR02774 (MNHW).

Description

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