Vollenhovia oblonga

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Vollenhovia oblonga
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Vollenhovia
Species: V. oblonga
Binomial name
Vollenhovia oblonga
(Smith, F., 1860)

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Specimen Labels

Subspecies
Synonyms

Identification

Key

Indian Vollenhovia

  • Mesosoma smooth and shiny, with a few delicate scattered punctures anteriorly; mandibles with 6 teeth; body length ≤ 2 mm . . . . . .Vollenhovia oblonga (subspecies laevithorax, larger size worker 3.75—4.0 mm)
  • Mesosoma punctured; mandibles with 7 teeth; body length ≥ 2.5 mm Vollenhovia gastropunctata

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia.
Indo-Australian Region: Guam, Indonesia (type locality), Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Guinea, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu.
Oriental Region: India.


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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.

  • oblonga. Myrmica oblonga Smith, F. 1860b: 107 (w.) INDONESIA (Batjan I.). Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 144 (q.). Combination in Vollenhovia: Emery, 1897d: 560. Senior synonym of poneroides: Emery, 1897d: 560; Donisthorpe, 1932c: 463. Current subspecies: nominal plus alluaudi, bandarensis, dispar, laevithorax, pedestris, rufescens.
  • poneroides. Myrmica poneroides Smith, F. 1860b: 107 (q.) INDONESIA (Batjan I.). Combination in Vollenhovia: Mayr, 1886c: 361. Junior synonym of oblonga: Emery, 1897d: 560; Donisthorpe, 1932c: 463.

Type Material

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Myrmica oblonga

Two worker syntypes in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Bac.” (= Batjan I.). One specimen has the gaster missing.

Myrmica poneroides

Three queen syntypes in Oxford University Museum of Natural History (2 on one card, 1 on another), one queen syntype in The Natural History Museum. The Oxford University Museum of Natural History singleton labelled “Batchian.” (= Batjan I.), the others labelled “Bac.” Both Oxford University Museum of Natural History cards also have old labels, “Myrmica poneroides.”

Description

References

  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 423, catalogue)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1932c. On the identity of Smith's types of Formicidae (Hymenoptera) collected by Alfred Russell Wallace in the Malay Archipelago, with descriptions of two new species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 10(10): 441-476 (page 463, senior synonym of poneroides)
  • Emery, C. 1897d. Viaggio di Lamberto Loria nella Papuasia orientale. XVIII. Formiche raccolte nella Nuova Guinea dal Dott. Lamberto Loria. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 38[=(2(18): 546-576 (page 560, combination in Vollenhovia)
  • Emery, C. 1897d. Viaggio di Lamberto Loria nella Papuasia orientale. XVIII. Formiche raccolte nella Nuova Guinea dal Dott. Lamberto Loria. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 38[=(2(18): 546-576 (page 560, senior synonym of poneroides)
  • Smith, F. 1860b. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace in the islands of Bachian, Kaisaa, Amboyna, Gilolo, and at Dory in New Guinea. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 5(17b)(suppl. to vol. 4 4: 93-143 (page 107, worker described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1919f. The ants of Borneo. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 63: 43-147 (page 144, queen described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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