Strumigenys dayui

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Strumigenys dayui
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Strumigenys
Species: S. dayui
Binomial name
Strumigenys dayui
(Xu, Z., 2000)

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The type material was collected in monsoon evergreen broad-leaf forest.

Identification

Xu & Zhou (2004) - Xu described and published as a new species in 2000, Bolton (personal communication) considered the names Strumigenys dayui and Strumigenys tisiphone represent the same species. After a careful comparison between the description of P. tisiphone and the holotype worker of E. dayui, we noticed that mandible of the latter without any preapical tooth or denticle, dorsal surface of mandible with only 2 longitudinal rows of scale-like to spoon-shaped hairs, and the measurements are distinctly larger than in the former. And therefore we considered as a valid species which closely related to P. tisiphone.

Xu (2000) - This new species is close to Strumigenys hirashimai, but mandible with slender spine-like teeth, the basal tooth as long as width of masticatory margin; subbasal lobe of antennal scape formed a right angle; in profile view dorsum of alitrunk strongly convex.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China (type locality).


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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

  • dayui. Epitritus dayui Xu, 2000d: 299, figs. 9-12 (w.) CHINA. Combination in Pyramica: Xu & Zhou, 2004: 449; in Strumigenys: Baroni Urbani & De Andrade, 2007: 118.

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

Description

Worker

Holotype. TL 2.6, HL 0.63, HW 0.60, CI 96, SL 0.28, SI 46, PW 0. 33, AL 0.70, ED 0.04. Head about as broad as long, anterior-hall distinctly narrower than the posterior half. Occipital margin roundly incised in the middle. Occipital corners rounded. Mandibles slender and roundly curved, masticatory margin with 7 teeth, the basal and apical teeth elongate and spine-like, the basal tooth about as long as the width of the masticatory margin, the apical tooth about as long as half length of the basal one. The other 5 teeth between the basal and apical ones minute. Labrum visible, anterior margin with a pair of cone-like projections. Anterior margin of clypeus nearly straight, slightly convex in the middle. Antenna with 6 segments. Scape depressed, subbasal lobe nearly formed a right angle. The 3rd and 4th segments small and about equal, length of the two segments combined about equal to length of the 2nd and 5th ones. The apical segment very long, about 1.5 times as long as the rest of the flagellum. Eye minute, with 4 facets. Promesonotum relatively flat, mesonotum rounded and lowered down posteriorly. Promesonotal suture fine and distinct. Metanotal groove shallowly depressed. Propodeum slope-like and weakly convex. Propodeal lobe blunt at apex. Dorsum of petiolar node roundly convex. Dorsum of postpetiolar node evenly convex. In dorsal view, petiolar node about square, postpetiolar node broader than long and about semicircular, petiolar node width: postpetiolar node width = 2 : 3. Lateral sides of declivity of propodeum with spongiform longitudinal ridges. Ventral face of petiole, ventral and posterior faces of postpetiole with spongiform appendage. Head, alitrunk and petiolar node densely and finely punctured, dim. Lateral sides of mesonotum and metanotum, postpetiolar node and gaster smooth and shining. Head, mandibles, scapes, alitrunk, petiolar node, dosa of femora and tibiae with circular or subcircular flattened hairs. Lateral sides of pronotum, postpetiolar node and gaster with clavate hairs. Ventral face of head, mandibles, flagella, legs and ventral face of gaster with dense decumbent pubescence. Body in color yellowish brown, gaster dark yellowish brown.

Type Material

Holotype: worker, No. A97-2677, 1380m, monsoon evergreen broad-leaf forest, Nangongshan Mountain, Mengla County, Yunnan Province, 16-IX-1997, collected by XU Zhenghui. Southwest Forestry University, Kunming, China

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