Dilobocondyla rufida

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Dilobocondyla rufida
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Dilobocondyla
Species: D. rufida
Binomial name
Dilobocondyla rufida
Chen, Li & Zhou, 2019

The type series of this species was found nesting in a small dead twig of Rhododendron henryi (Chen, Li & Zhou, 2019).

Identification

The new species is close to Dilobocondyla fouqueti Santschi, but can be distinguished from the latter by the relatively shorter petiole and more convex dorsum, distinct micro-reticulations on the gaster, and black colored mesosoma, petiole and postpetiole, and lightly colored gaster. The new species is also similar to Dilobocondyla gaoyureni Bharti & Kumar, but distinguishable from the latter by the relatively shorter petiole and strongly convex dorsum, weakly depressed metanotal groove, bluntly angled posterior head corners, and black colored head, mesosoma and waist segments.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China (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 New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • rufida. Dilobocondyla rufida Chen, Li & Zhou, 2019: 135, figs. 7-12 (w.q.) CHINA.

Type Material

Taxonomic Notes

The body color pattern of the genus seems to be relatively unstable by examining the specimens and AntWeb’s pictures. All known species can be classified roughly into “concolor” and obviously “bicolor” groups. The former group consists of 12 species and subspecies, Dilobocondyla bangalorica, Dilobocondyla borneensis, Dilobocondyla chapmani, Dilobocondyla didita, Dilobocondyla fulva, Dilobocondyla oswini, Dilobocondyla sebesiana, Dilobocondyla selebensis, Dilobocondyla selebensis simalurana, Dilobocondyla silviae, Dilobocondyla rufobrunnea, Dilobocondyla yamanei. And the latter group consists of 9 species, Dilobocondyla cataulacoidea, Dilobocondyla carinata, Dilobocondyla eguchii, Dilobocondyla fouqueti, Dilobocondyla gaoyureni, Dilobocondyla gasteroreticulata, Dilobocondyla karnyi, Dilobocondyla propotriangulata, Dilobocondyla rugosa. In the known bicolor species, the gaster is usually lighter than the head, or the same color as the head. D. rufida can be classified into the “bicolor” groups and can be distinguished from the other species of Dilobocondyla by its black colored mesosoma, petiole and postpetiole, and reddish brown graster (Chen, Li & Zhou, 2019).

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