Monomorium suleyile

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Monomorium suleyile
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species group: salomonis
Species: M. suleyile
Binomial name
Monomorium suleyile
Collingwood & Agosti, 1996

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Monomorium suleyile.

Identification

Distribution

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 25.666667° to 24.633333°.

 
North
Temperate
North
Subtropical
Tropical South
Subtropical
South
Temperate

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

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Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • suleyile. Monomorium suleyile Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 456, fig. 28 (w.q.m.) SAUDI ARABIA, OMAN.
    • Type-material: holotype worker, paratype workers, paratype queens (numbers not stated), 1 paratype male.
    • Type-locality: holotype Saudi Arabia: Suleyil desert, 25°40’N, 45°50’E, 11.iv.1983 (C.A. Collingwood); paratypes: workers, queens, male with same data, workers Saudi Arabia: Hofuf, 13.iv.1983 (C.A. Collingwood), workers Saudi Arabia: Al-Qatif, 14.iv.1983 (C.A. Collingwood), Saudi Arabia: Riyadh, 17.iv.1983 (C.A. Collingwood), workers Oman: Barr al-Hickman, 12.ii.1987 (M.D. Gallagher), workers Oman: Jabal Maram, 27.ii.1990 (M.D. Gallagher).
    • Type-depository: unknown (possibly in WMLC, possibly in OMHN if Gallagher material has been retained there).
    • Status as species: Borowiec, L. 2014: 127.
    • Distribution: Oman, Saudi Arabia.

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 3.2; HL 0.84; HW 0.70; SL 0.73; EL/HW 0.25; range: CI 83-87; SI 99-110.

This species is similar to Monomorium junodi and would key to that species in Bolton (1987). However, worker specimens differ in the longer antennal scapes and slightly larger eyes (M. junodi SI 85-100; EL/HW 0.22-0.25). The mesopropodeal furrow is deeply impressed. The head and alitrunk have dose punctate sculpture which is arranged linearly on the propodeum, giving a transverse striate effect. The gaster is also densely punctate and dull. The petiole is a rather high but thick triangular cone in profile with the posterior face nearly flat and the anterior face more broadly curved. The worker pilosity is somewhat variable; some examples have more than one pair of pronotal hairs and occasional shorter hairs may be present on the mesonotum and the propodeum. The alitrunk is more massive than in the other species of this group with the declivous face of the propodeum correspondingly steeper. Body colour is brown with the gaster dorsum slightly darker.

Queen

(HL 1.10; HW 1.52) The head, most of the alitrunk and gaster densely sculptured and dull. Much of the dorsal mesonotum is longitudinally striate and less densely sculptured. The head is very broad with large eyes and ocelli.

Male

Black, comparatively robust and has close punctate sculpture.

Type Material

Holotype: worker, Saudi Arabia, Suleyil desert, 11.IV.1983, 25°40'N 45°50'E, C.A. Collingwood. - Paratypes: Saudi Arabia: 1 male, queens, workers from: same series as holotype; Hofuf, 13.IV.1983; Al-Qatif, 14.IV.1983; Riyadh, 17.IV.1983; all C.A. Collingwood. - Oman: workers from: Barr al-Hickman, 12.II.1987; Jabal Maram, 27.II.1990; all M.D. Gallagher.

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Collingwood, C. A., and Donat Agosti. "Formicidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) of Saudi Arabia (Part 2)." Fauna of Saudi Arabia 15 (1996): 300-385.
  • Sharaf M. R., B. L. Fisher, H. M. Al Dhafer, A. Polaszek, and A. S. Aldawood. 2018. Additions to the ant fauna (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Oman: an updated list, new records and a description of two new species. Asian Myrmecology 10: e010004