Vollenhovia shunfenger

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Vollenhovia shunfenger
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Vollenhovia
Species: V. shunfenger
Binomial name
Vollenhovia shunfenger
Terayama, 2009

Vollenhovia shunfenger side (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg

Vollenhovia shunfenger top (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg

Specimen labels

This species produces both alate and ergatoid females.


Terayama (2009) - Large species. Resembling Vollenhovia satoi but is separated from the latter by the gently sloping posterior margin of propodeum (steeply sloping, almost vertically at near the mid length, in V. satoi).


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Taiwan (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • shunfenger. Vollenhovia shunfenger Terayama, 2009: 149, fig. 203 (w. ergatoid q.) TAIWAN.

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



Head punctate, 1.18 times as long as wide, with concave posterior margin. CI = 87, SI = 70, eye relatively large, 0.15 mm in diameter. Mandible with 7 teeth. Promesonotum punctate, dorsal margin gently convex in profile, metanotal groove distinctly incised dorsally; propodeum with convex dorsal outline, posterodorsal corner convex, not forming an angle. propodeum longer than high, with straight anterior margin and convex posterior margin; subpetiolar process developed, its thin lamellar wall slightly longer than high. Postpetiole slightly longer than high and longer than petiole, with convex dorsal margin; anteroventral corner actely produced. Gaster smooth and shining.

Worker. HL 0.78, HW 0.68, SL 0.48, WL 1.30, PL 0.26, PH 0.41, DPW 0.28, PPL 0.33, PPH 0.30, PPW 0.32, TL 3.5. Female: HL 0.80, HW 0.78, SL 0.55, WL 1.39, PL 0.30, PH 0.43, DPW 0.27, PPL 0.35, PPH 0.33, PPW 0.32, TL 4.6.

Color. Body reddish brown excepting blackish brown gaster; antenna and legs yellowish brown.

Type Material

Holotype. Worker, Fenqihu, Chaiyi Pref., 22.x. 1977, K. Yamauchi leg. Paratypes. 1w, 1f, same data as the holotype; 1 ergatoid female, Nanshanxi, Nanfen-Cun, Nantou Pref., 18. v. 1981, M. Isono leg. The holotype in NIAES and paratypes in NSMT.


The specifice epithet is the Chinese noun Shunfenger, which is the name of a Taiwanese god.