Vombisidris regina

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Vombisidris regina
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Vombisidris
Species: V. regina
Binomial name
Vombisidris regina
Bolton, 1991

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Specimen labels

This conspicuous black species appears to be the only member of the genus that is predominantly or entirely terrestrial in foraging habits. The majority of samples were collected using Winkler sampling.

Identification

A member of the philax group

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Nomenclature

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

  • regina. Vombisidris regina Bolton, 1991: 6, figs. 1, 2 (w.) 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 5.0, HL 1.09, HW 0:94, CI 86, SL 0.84, Sl 89, PW 0.86, AL 1.34. Maximum diameter of eye 0.21 (0.22 x HW). Eyes in full-face view short but strongly prominent, dome-like. Cephalic dorsum reticulate-rugulose everywhere. Sides of head weakly convergent behind eyes. Anterior clypeal margin with a distinct median indentation. Subocular groove complete. Alitrunk reticulate-rugose everywhere. Propodeal spines long and sharp, elevated but only shallowly curved along their length. Metanotal groove vestigial to absent. Propodeal declivity finely rugulose and superficially punctulate. Mesonotum unarmed, the sides not angular nor prominent in dorsal view. Petiole and postpetiole reticulate-rugulose, the petiolar spiracle approximately at the midlength of the short peduncle. Gaster unsculptured, smooth and shining. All dorsal surfaces of body with numerous hairs. Colour uniformly blackish brown to black.

Paratype. TL 4.8-5.6, HL 1.04-1.16, HW 0.88-0.96, CI 83-87, SL 0.80-0.86, Sl 87-93, PW 0.64-0.72, AL 1.30-1.42. Maximum diameter of eye 0.20-0.24 (0.21-0.24 x HW) (10 measured). As holotype.

Type Material

Holotype worker, East Malaysia: Sabah, Mt Kinabalu, 1550-1650 m, 23.v.1987, no. 38 (Burckhardt & LobI) (Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève). Paratypes, 2 workers with same data but 28.iv.1987, 1540 m, no. 7c; 1 worker with same data but 23.iv.1987, 1550 m, no. 1b; 3 workers with same data but 20.iv.I987, 1500 m, no. 9b; 1 worker with same data but 21.iv .1987, 1550-1650 m, no. 2b; 1 worker with same data hut 30.iv.1987, 1500 m, no. 9c; 2 workers with same data but 27.v .1987, no. 36; 3 workers with same data but Pinosuk Plateau, 14-17.iii.1964, 5225 ft (S. Kueh) (MHNG; The Natural History Museum; Museum of Comparative Zoology).

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