Myrmica tibetana furva

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Myrmica tibetana furva
Scientific classification (junior synonym of Myrmica bactriana)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: Myrmica tibetana furva
Ruzsky, 1915

This taxon is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Myrmica bactriana.


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

  • furva. Myrmica tibetana var. furva Ruzsky, 1915a: 441 (w.) TIBET.
    • Junior synonym of tibetana: Radchenko, 1994a: 41
    • Junior synonym of bactriana: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 96; Seifert et al., 2018: 105.

Taxonomic Notes

Seifert et al. (2018) - We investigated three supposed paralectotype workers from ZM St. Petersburg, labeled “r. Dza-Chyu, Kam’, Golubaya, 12 - 12500’, Kozlov, nach. V.01” [in Cyrillic] and “Myrmica tibetana Mayr M. Ruzski det.” Radchenko & Elmes (2010) published a lectotype with identical locality label. This lectotype was not found in the St. Petersburg museum. Perhaps it was not physically labeled by Radchenko & Elmes. In each of the three paralectotypes some characters could not be recorded due to damage – in one the whole head was missing. However, we constructed complete data sets for two specimens using relational calculations. River Dza-Chyu is a tributary of the upper Yangtse (= Golubaya in the Russian naming of the Kozlov expedition). According to the travelling report of the expedition (Kozlov 1906), the putative collecting site was reached 11 May 1901 and should be situated approximately at 32.928° N, 98.770° E and ca. 4080 m if the lowest point in that region is chosen. The 12 - 12500 feet given on the label are equal to 3750 m. This means no contradiction because altitudinal estimates in Kozlov’s time were rather inaccurate.