Plagiolepis juddi

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Plagiolepis juddi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Plagiolepis
Species: P. juddi
Binomial name
Plagiolepis juddi
Sharaf & Aldawood, 2011

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Plagiolepis juddi.

Identification

Sharaf et al. (2011) - Plagiolepis juddi appears similar to Plagiolepis exigua but is consistently smaller, TL 1.02 versus 1.23; has a higher scape index, SI 111 versus 84; larger eyes, EL 0.25 x HW versus 0.19 x HW; higher mesosomal length, ML 0.40 versus 0.35. In addition, CI 97 in P. juddi is distinctly longer than broad, while it is broader than long in P. exigua. Furthermore, P. juddi has much sparser pubescence than P. exigua.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia, Yemen (type locality).


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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • juddi. Plagiolepis juddi Sharaf & Aldawood, in Sharaf, Aldawood & Taylor, 2011: 206, fig. 4a (w.) YEMEN.

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

Description

Worker

TL 1.02, HL 0.29, HW 0.28, SL 0.31, EL 0.07, PRW 0.18, ML 0.40, CI 97, SI 111.

Unicolorous bright yellow, mandibular teeth, posterior margins of first and fourth gastral tergites yellowish brown. Head nearly as long as broad with convex sides and nearly straight or shallowly concave occiput. Head dorsum smooth and shining. Scapes distinctly short, not reaching posterior margin of head. Second funicular segment broader than long, third and fourth funicular segments distinctly longer than broad. Eyes oval with about 9 ommatidia in the longest row, EL 0.25 x HW. Whole mesosoma smooth and brilliant. Metanotal groove shallow but distinct. Basal face of propodeum sloping evenly to the descending face making a continuous curve. Pubescence sparse on head and gaster and absent on mesosoma. Antennae with dense appressed pubescence.

Type Material

Holotype worker. Yemen, Lahj, v.2002 (A. van Harten). (World Museum, Liverpool)

Etymology

Named in honor of Dr. Stephen Judd (Director of World Museum Liverpool).

References

  • Sharaf, M.R., Aldawood, S.A., and Taylor, B. 2011. The formicine ant genus Plagiolepis Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Arabian Peninsula, with description of two new species. Transactions of the American Entomological Society. 137:203-215. doi:10.3157/061.137.0113