Strumigenys superba

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

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Strumigenys superba.

Identification

Bolton (2000) - A member of the magnifica complex in the Strumigenys doriae-group. See notes under Strumigenys magnifica and Strumigenys doriae.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo, Indonesia, Malaysia (type locality).


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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.

  • superba. Strumigenys superba Bolton, 2000: 777 (w.q.) BORNEO.

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 4.2, HL 1.16, HW 0.67, CI 58, ML 0.54, MI 47, SL 0.79, SI 118, PW 0.36, AL 1.16. Mandible without trace of preapical dentition. With apical fork of mandible in frontal view the dorsal and ventral teeth are of approximately equal length, are widely separated and form a broad U-shape. Lateral spongiform lobe of petiole restricted to about the posterior half of the node, not extending forward as far as the spiracle on the peduncle. Ventral spongiform curtain on petiole deepest posteriorly, tapering anteriorly and petering out anterior to spiracle on peduncle. Pilosity abundant everywhere, the main hairs extremely long and fine, sub flagellate to flagellate. Longest projecting hair on upper scrobe margin (just posterior to level of eye) extremely elongate, about 0.75 X SL. Dorsum of head with erect hairs in front of highest point of vertex that are as long and spectacular as those located more posteriorly; the longest hairs easily exceed the maximum depth of the head in profile. Longest hairs on promesonotal dorsum are much longer than maximum depth of alitrunk. Between the bases of these promesonotal hairs is short pubescence that is dense enough to give the promesonotal dorsal outline, seen in profile, a weakly furry appearance between the long hairs. In oblique dorsal view side of propodeum without dense standing pubescence that obscures the spiracle. Longest hairs on first gastral tergite about 0.52, approximately equal to the length of the tergite from base of limbus to apex of segment and distinctly longer than the maximum depth of the first gastral segment in profile.

Paratypes. TL 4.0-4.2, HL 1.06-1.18, HW 0.63-0.69, CI 57-60, ML 0.50-0.56, MI 46-48, SL 0.72-0.79, SI 112-118, PW 0.33-0.36, AL 1.08-1.22 (8 measured).

Type Material

Holotype worker, Malaysia: Sarawak, Semengoh For. Reserve, 11 mi. SW Kuching, 28-31.v.1968, ANIC ants vial 37.21 5 (R. W. Taylor) (Australian National Insect Collection).

Paratypes. 6 workers with same data as holotype; 3 workers and 1 queen with same data but no vial number and accession 68.150; 6 workers with same locality data but 1-4.vi.1968, ANIC ants vial 37.212 (ANIC, The Natural History Museum).

References

  • Bolton, B. 2000. The ant tribe Dacetini. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute. 65:1-1028. (page 777, worker described)