Myrmotarsus

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Myrmotarsus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Myrmotarsus
Forel, 1912
Type species
Formica mistura, now Camponotus misturus

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Specimen Labels

Flat-footed Carpenter Ants


Diagnosis. Emery (1925). - "Worker and queen. - Robust, large to medium species. Head of majors and queens large, strongly narrowed anteriorly, lateral margins almost straight, posterior head margin broadly concave, anterior portion of head somewhat bulging and depressed; head of minors like that of Tanaemyrmex form Alpha. Clypeus depressed, not carinate medially, without anterior lobe or with short, rectangular or rounded lobe. Mandibles remarkably prominent, armed with 5 to 6 large teeth. Mesosoma massive, dorsum continuous, not at all marginate. Petiolar scale high, with more-or-less sharp margins. Legs short, tibiae more-or-less compressed and hairy; tarsi short, foretibiae lined with thick brush. Male - unknown.

Geographical distribution of species. - Indochina, Sunda islands, Philippines.

Ethology. - C. mistura makes hanging gardens in Malaysia."

(Translated and edited by B. E. Boudinot, 17 February 2017.)


Myrmotarsus is currently a subgenus of Camponotus.

Nomenclature

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

  • MYRMOTARSUS [subgenus of Camponotus]
    • Myrmotarsus Forel, 1912i: 92 [as subgenus of Camponotus]. Type-species: Formica mistura, by subsequent designation of Wheeler, W.M. 1913a: 81.
    • [Type-species not Formica irritabilis, unjustified subsequent designation by Forel, 1914a: 260.]

References

  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 116, Myrmotarsus as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Emery, C. 1920b. Le genre Camponotus Mayr. Nouvel essai de la subdivision en sous-genres. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 8: 229-260 (page 238, Myrmotarsus as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 134, Myrmotarsus as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Forel, A. 1912j. Formicides néotropiques. Part VI. 5me sous-famille Camponotinae Forel. Mém. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 20: 59-92 (page 92, Myrmotarsus as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Forel, A. 1914a. Le genre Camponotus Mayr et les genres voisins. Rev. Suisse Zool. 22: 257-276 (page 260, Myrmotarsus as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Forel, A. 1917. Cadre synoptique actuel de la faune universelle des fourmis. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 51: 229-253 (page 250, Myrmotarsus as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1913a. Corrections and additions to "List of type species of the genera and subgenera of Formicidae". Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 23: 77-83 (page 81, Type-species: Formica mistura, by subsequent designation [Type-species not Formica irritabilis, unjustified subsequent designation by Forel, 1914a: 260.] )
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922i. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VII. Keys to the genera and subgenera of ants. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 631-710 (page 705, Myrmotarsus as subgenus of Camponotus)