Chelaner pubescens

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Chelaner pubescens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Chelaner
Species group: bicorne
Species: C. pubescens
Binomial name
Chelaner pubescens
(Heterick, 2001)

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Specimen Labels

Surprisingly, this ant is known from one series of five workers collected in the old established Perth suburb of Mosman Park, and (after completion of this study) a single worker from Rottnest Island, Western Australia.

Identification

Heterick (2001) - A member of the bicorne group. The taxon closely resembles Chelaner rufoniger, which also occurs in the Perth region, and may simply represent aberrant individuals (e.g. nanitic or callow minor workers) of this fairly common species. All individuals of C. pubescens, however, lack stout erect or suberect setae on the alitrunk, and are much paler than any C. rufoniger minor worker I have seen.

Heterick (2009) - Workers are very similar to minor workers within polymorphic populations of Chelaner rufoniger.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Heterick (2009) - WA. Known from the Perth region (Mosman Park) and, more recently, from Eneabba.


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -32.01667023° to -32.01667023°.

 
North
Temperate
North
Subtropical
Tropical South
Subtropical
South
Temperate

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • pubescens. Monomorium pubescens Heterick, 2001: 373, fig. 21 (w.) AUSTRALIA.
    • Combination in Chelaner: Sparks et al., 2019: 233.

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

Description

Worker

Holotype. HML; 1.39; HL 0.53; HW 0.48; Cel 91; SL 0.36; SI 74; PW 0.30. Other. HML 1.35-1.51; HL 0.49-0.57; HW 0.43-0.52; Cei 88-96; SL 0.34--0.38; SI 72-79; PW 0.25-0.28 (4 measured, including alcohol specimens).

As for light coloured minor workers of Chelaner rufoniger but with the following apomorphies.

Alitrunk. Promesonotal sculpture present in form of uniform microreticulation with few mesopleural striolae; dorsal promesonotal face convex anteriad, otherwise flattened; erect and suberect setae absent on promesonotum; setulae appressed. Propodeal angle present; length ratio of dorsal face to declivitous face near 2:1 to near 4:3; declivitous face of propodeum flat. Erect and suberect propodeal setae absent or very sparse; propodeal setulae appressed.

Petiole and postpetiole. Petiolar node conical, sharply tapered; sculpture present in form of microreticulation. Ratio of greatest node breadth (viewed from front) to greatest node width (viewed in profile) near 4:3. Height ratio of petiole to postpetiole near 1:1; height-length ratio of postpetiole near 2:1 to near 4:3.

Gaster. Pilosity of first gastral tergite consisting mainly of decumbent and subdecumbent setulae.

General characters. Colour of body and appendages tawny yellow, head darker. Worker caste monomorphic.

Type Material

Holotype. Worker, Western Australia, Mosman Park, l.v.l988, B. E. Heterick, in remnant native vegetation on edge of urban golf course (Australian National Insect Collection). Paratypes. Western Australia: I worker with same data as holotype (Museum of Comparative Zoology); 1 worker, collection details as for holotype, other data “mixed native/exotic veg., urban parkland, 393/6MonBH29” (The Natural History Museum).

Etymology

Latin: “the down of puberty”.

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • CSIRO Collection