Veromessor julianus clarior

Every Ant Tells a Story - And Their Stories Are Here
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Veromessor julianus clarior
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Veromessor
Species: V. julianus
Subspecies: V. julianus clarior
Trinomial name
Veromessor julianus clarior
Wheeler, W.M. & Creighton, 1934

Identification

Identification Keys including this Taxon

Key to Veromessor species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Mexico (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

AntMapLegend.png

Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

Check data from AntWeb==Biology==

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • clarior. Veromessor julianus subsp. clarior Wheeler, W.M. & Creighton, 1934: 370 (w.) MEXICO. Combination in Messor: Bolton, 1995b: 253; in Veromessor: Ward et al., 2014: 13.

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

Description

This form differs from the typical Veromessor julianus in the following characteristics:

The head is more nearly quadrate, being almost exactly as long as broad; the antennal scapes are shorter, their tips in repose just reaching the occipital border; the dorsum of the thorax is notably impressed at the mesoepinotal suture; the epinotal spines are longer and thinner and decidedly more elevated, meeting the plane of the basal face of the epinotum at a forty-five degree angle; the cephalic striae are finer and the granulation of the thorax is much less pronounced. The insect is much more hairy than the typical julianus, this difference being especialily noticeable in the case of the gular ammo chaetae and the abdominal hairs. The color is a clear, yellowish red, the gaster piceous brown, usually with a yellowish spot at the base of the first segment.

Type Material

Described from a series of workers taken by H. C. Millender at Commondu, Lower California. Additional specimens agreeing in every particular were taken by Dr. W. M. Mann at Loreto, Lower California.

References