Myrmica brancuccii

Every Ant Tells a Story - And Scientists Explain Their Stories Here
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Myrmica brancuccii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. brancuccii
Binomial name
Myrmica brancuccii
Radchenko, Elmes & Collingwood, 1999

Myrmica brancuccii P casent0900337.jpg

Myrmica brancuccii D casent0900337.jpg

Specimen Label

Little is known about the biology of Myrmica brancuccii. One sample was collected at an altitude 2400 m. (Radchenko, Elmes & Collingwood, 1999; Bharti et al., 2016).

Identification

Well discriminated from almost all Old World Myrmica by its striato-punctated first gastral tergite, sharing this unusual feature only with Myrmica sculptiventris from SW China, but the latter species clearly differs from M. brancuccii by the transversal rugosity on the mesonotal and propodeal dorsum. Workers are very variable in size, so that this could be a relatively polymorphic species in comparison with other Myrmica species. We can not place this species with certainty into any species group. (Radchenko and Elmes 2010)

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India, Nepal (type locality), Pakistan.


Distribution based on AntMaps

AntMapLegend.png

Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

Check data from AntWeb

Biology

Castes

Known only from the worker caste.

Nomenclature

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

  • brancuccii. Myrmica brancuccii Radchenko, Elmes & Collingwood, in Radchenko & Elmes, 1999a: 30, fig. 1 (1-5) (w.) NEPAL. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 106.

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

Description

Type Material

Holotype, w, "Nepal, Utrot, l3.v.83, leg. M. Brancucci" (LONDON); paratypes: 5 w, with the same label as holotype; 14 w, "Nepal, Lawarai, 21.05.83, lcg. M. Brancucci"; 1 w, "Nepal, Lumle, vi.88, leg. Collingwood"; 9 w, "Pakistan, Chitral V., bctween Dir and Lavari Pass, 2400 m, 1l.viii.1994, leg. S. Dacatra" (LONDON, BASLE, LEEDS, MILAN, KIEV, ELMES).

Etymology

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - this species was dedicated to the well-known coleopterologist, Prof. Michael Brancucci, of the Natural History Museum Basle, who collected the type material.

References