Lasiophanes

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Lasiophanes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Melophorini
Genus: Lasiophanes
Emery, 1895
Type species
Formica nigriventris, see Lasiophanes atriventris
Diversity
6 species
(Species Checklist, Species by Country)

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Specimen Labels

Evolutionary Relationships
Formicinae

Myrmelachistini
  (2 genera)




Lasiini
  (11 genera)




Melophorini


Melophorus
  (92 species)



Stigmacros
  (39 species)






Myrmecorhynchus
  (3 species)




Lasiophanes
  (6 species)



Notostigma
  (2 species)







Notoncus
  (6 species)



Pseudonotoncus
  (2 species)





Prolasius
  (19 species)



Teratomyrmex
  (3 species)









Formicini
  (8 genera)





Gesomyrmex, Oecophylla



Plagiolepidini
  (9 genera)





Gigantiops, Myrmoteras, Santschiella



Camponotini
  (8 genera)








Based on Ward et al. 2016.

Lasiophanes is a small genus of six described species that are endemic of Patagonia(Argentina and Chile) that is related to Lasius of the Northern Hemisphere and Melophorus of Australia and New Zealand.

Identification

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Distribution

Distribution and Richness based on AntMaps

Biology

Life History Traits

  • Mean colony size: ? (Greer et al., 2021)
  • Compound colony type: not parasitic (Greer et al., 2021)
  • Nest site: hypogaeic; arboreal (Greer et al., 2021)
  • Diet class: ? (Greer et al., 2021)
  • Foraging stratum: subterranean/leaf litter; arboreal (Greer et al., 2021)

Castes

Morphology

Worker Morphology

• Antennal segment count: 12 • Antennal club: gradual • Palp formula: 6,4 • Total dental count: 6-8 • Spur formula: 1 simple, 1 simple • Eyes: >100 ommatidia • Scrobes: absent • Pronotal Spines: absent • Mesonotal Spines: absent • Propodeal Spines: absent • Petiolar Spines: absent • Caste: none or weak • Sting: absent • Metaplural Gland: present • Cocoon: present

Nomenclature

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

  • LASIOPHANES [Formicinae: Lasiini]
    • Lasiophanes Emery, 1895i: 16 [as subgenus of Melophorus]. Type-species: Formica nigriventris (junior primary homonym in Formica; Formica atriventris first available replacement name), by subsequent designation of Wheeler, W.M. 1911f: 165.
    • Lasiophanes subgenus of Melophorus: Emery, 1922a: 90; Emery, 1925b: 12.
    • Lasiophanes raised to genus: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 695; Wheeler, W.M. 1935c: 71; retained as genus: Kusnezov, 1952c: 90; Kusnezov, 1956: 31; Kempf, 1972a: 128; Snelling, R.R. & Hunt, 1976: 104.

References