Myrmica wittmeri

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Myrmica wittmeri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species group: tibetana
Species complex: smythiesii
Species: M. wittmeri
Binomial name
Myrmica wittmeri
Radchenko & Elmes, 1999

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Specimen Labels

Myrmica wittmeri seems to be well adapted to high altitude regions of Himalaya above the timberline. The nests were observed under stone and in rotten wood, in ground covered with scarce vegetation mainly of Rhododendron. Nest temperature ranged from 15°C to 23°C and relative humidity varied from 43% to 72%. Alates appear in the month of June and July. Altitudinal range of this species is 2300m to 3300m. (Bharti et al., 2016)

Identification

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) – A member of the smythiesii group that distinctly differs from the other species of this group by its much darker colour and reduced sculpture on the alitrunk.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Known only from the type localities in India (Himahal Pradesh State) and Pakistan.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India, Pakistan (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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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.

  • wittmeri. Myrmica wittmeri Radchenko & Elmes, 1999a: 38, fig. 3 (11-14) (w.) PAKISTAN. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 326.

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

Description

Etymology

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - named for the collector, the coleopterologist Dr. Walter Wittmer (1915-1998) of the Natural History Museum, Basle, Switzerland.

References