Simopelta bicolor

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Simopelta bicolor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Simopelta
Species: S. bicolor
Binomial name
Simopelta bicolor
Borgmeier, 1950

Nothing is known about the biology of Simopelta bicolor.

Identification

Mackay and Mackay (2008) - The worker of this species is easily recognized, as the mandible has six or more teeth. The clypeus lacks a spine. All other species in the genus have three-five mandibular teeth. The mesosoma is only slightly depressed at the promesonotal and metanotal sutures. It is bright, ferrugineous red with a yellow petiole and gaster.

The narrow petiole (as seen from the side) could cause confusion with the Brasilian Simopelta minima and the central and northern South America Simopelta pergandei, which also have narrow petioles. It can be separated from both of these species by the number of mandibular teeth: the latter two species only have three teeth.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Espirito Santo, Brazil.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Known only from the worker caste.

Worker

Nomenclature

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

  • bicolor. Simopelta bicolor Borgmeier, 1950a: 377, figs. 13-20 (w.) BRAZIL. Combination in Belonopelta: Baroni Urbani, 1975b: 299; in Simopelta: Bolton, 1995b: 383. See also: Gotwald & Brown, 1967: 273; Mackay & Mackay, 2008: 297.

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

Description

Worker

Borgmeier 1950. Page 377.
Borgmeier 1950. Page 378.
Borgmeier 1950. Figures 13-20.

Type Material

Mackay and Mackay (2008) - Worker, Brasil: Espírito Santo: Santa Teresa; paratype seen, Museum of Comparative Zoology

References