Strumigenys epyna

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Strumigenys epyna
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Strumigenys
Species: S. epyna
Binomial name
Strumigenys epyna
Bolton, 2000

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Specimen Labels

Known from a fogging sample type specimen taken within a forest reserve.

Identification

Bolton (2000) - A member of the mjoebergi complex in the Strumigenys godeffroyi-group. S. epyna is closely related to Strumigenys phytibia, Strumigenys phoenix and Strumigenys zagan, all of which have a fine flagellate hair at the pronotal humerus. S. epyna has different pilosity and shorter basigastral costulae than phytibia, and lacks that species characteristic longitudinal costulate sculpture on the postpetiole disc. The other two, phoenix and zagan, have a low expanded cuticular crest on the inner margin of the mandible in about the median third of its length. This feature is absent from epyna, and incidentally also absent from phytibia and all other members of the complex.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Malaysia (type locality).


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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • epyna. Strumigenys epyna Bolton, 2000: 801 (w.) WEST MALAYSIA.

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 2.0, HL 0.56, HW 0.39, CI 70, ML 0.26, MI 46, SL 0.34, SI 87, PW 0.24, AL 0.55. Characters of mjoebergi-complex. Apicoscrobal hair stiff, simple to remiform. With head in full-face view the ventrolateral margin visible behind the level of the eye. Cephalic dorsum with 4 erect simple hairs close to the occipital margin, head without other standing hairs. Pronotal humeral hair flagellate; mesonotum with a pair of erect stout hairs; dorsal alitrunk otherwise without standing hairs. Side of alitrunk reticulate-punctate except for a smooth patch on katepisternum. Lateral spongiform lobe of petiole small, in profile confined to posterior margin of node. Disc of postpetiole finely densely reticulate to finely reticulate-punctate. Basigastral costulae strongly defined, as long as or slightly longer than disc of postpetiole but not extending half the length of the tergite. First gastral tergite with stiff blunt standing hairs that may be weakly remiform or slightly flattened and expanded apically; second tergite with a pair of flagellate hairs.

Type Material

Holotype worker, Malaysia: Negri Semhilan, Pasoh For. Res., iii.-iv.1994, fog sample, 2-33 (Brendell, Jackson & Ficken) (The Natural History Museum).

Determination Clarifications

This species was referred to as Strumigenys sp. B in Bolton, 1998b: 95.

References

  • Bolton, B. 2000. The ant tribe Dacetini. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute. 65:1-1028. (page 801, worker described)