Wasmannia lutzi

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Wasmannia lutzi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Wasmannia
Species: W. lutzi
Binomial name
Wasmannia lutzi
Forel, 1908

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Specimen labels

Wasmannia iheringi, Wasmannia lutzi, Wasmannia affinis and Wasmannia scrobifera occur mostly with Wasmannia auropunctata and Wasmannia rochai in the Atlantic Forest of southeastern Brazil and/or the Amazon Forest in Brazil (Cuezzo et al. 2015, Longino and Fernández 2007).

Identification

Wasmannia affinis and Wasmannia lutzi are two related species from southeastern Brazil. They share a unique development of the antennal scrobe. The scrobe is very broad, forming a flat surface that extends from the frontal carinae to the side of the head. The side of the head is somewhat angular posterior to the eye. The preocular carina is faint and does not form the ventral border of the scrobe. In contrast, all other species of Wasmannia have a more narrow scrobe that does not reach the side of the head in full face view. The ventral margin of the scrobe is limited by the preocular carina or, in cases where the carina is faint or absent, where it would be if it extended posterior to the eye. The side of the head behind the eye is rounded. The expanded scrobe is also present in the queen of lutzi, resulting in a strongly trapezoidal head shape, such that the head is broader behind the eyes than across them. Wasmannia affinis differs from lutzi in (1) the propodeal spines are shorter, and (2) in dorsal view, the postpetiole is elliptical with rounded sides, and the widest point is at or behind the midlength. (Longino & Fernández 2007)

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality), Paraguay.


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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • lutzi. Wasmannia lutzi Forel, 1908c: 357 (w.q.m.) BRAZIL. See also: Longino & Fernández, 2007: 279.

Description

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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