Monomorium wahibiense

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

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Specimen Labels

Heatwole (1990) found Monomorium ants to be the commonest component of the desert ant fauna in the United Arab Emirates sand dunes. M. wahibiense was the most numerous and is clearly a true desert-adapted species. (Collingwood and Agosti 1996)


Collingwood and Agosti (1996) - M. wahibiense is very similar to Monomorium mintiribe but can be immediately distinguished by the less steep-sided lower petiole node.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Oman (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • wahibiense. Monomorium wahibiense Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 357 (w.) OMAN.

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



Holotype: TL 2.65; HL 0.66; HW 0.51; EL/HW 0.307; range: CI 78-86; SI 102-9.

The clypeal front border is straight. The head has curved sides broadening anteriorly from eye level. The ali trunk is low and flat with a shallow mesopropodeal break and the propodeal furrow is shallow without raised side margins. The alitrunk has one pair of hairs, the petiole one pair and the postpetiole two pairs. The gaster and ventral head have several hairs. The head has reticulopunctate sculpture, the alitrunk is weakly sculptured except at the sides of the mesopropodeum. The gaster is brilliant and the general aspect shining.

Type Material

Holotype: worker, Oman, Wahiba Sands, 6.VIII.1986, M.D. Gallagher. - Paratypes: Oman: workers, same series as holotype. - United Arab Emirates: workers, Djebel Haffete, 3-4.X.1984, H. Heatwole; workers, Ras Ghanada, IX.1992, B. Tigar.