Temnothorax alinae

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Temnothorax alinae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Temnothorax
Species: T. alinae
Binomial name
Temnothorax alinae
(Radchenko, 1994)

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T. alinae was found in a nest of Leptothorax acervorum in a Larix forest. It may be a social parasite of the latter species, but this question needs additional investigations. (Radchenko 2004)

Identification

Radchenko (2004) - Superficially T. alinae is similar to the species of the genus Leptothorax, particularly to Leptothorax muscorum and Leptothorax scamni, but well differs from them by its 12-segmented antennae.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Russian Federation (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.

  • alinae. Leptothorax alinae Radchenko, 1994i: 31, fig. 6 (w.) RUSSIA. Combination in Temnothorax: Bolton, 2003: 271. See also: Radchenko, 1994d: 153.

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

Description

Type Material

6 workers (holotype and paratypes), “Primorsky Region, Ussuriysky Distr., Shufanskoye plateau, Larix forest, 8.vi.1973, leg. A. KUPYANSKAYA” (Zoological Museum of the Moscow State University, BPI, Institute of Zoology of the Ukranian National Academy of Sciences).

Etymology

This species was dedicated to Alina Kupyanskaya, a well-known Russian myrmecologist.

References