Proceratium shohei

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Proceratium shohei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Proceratiinae
Tribe: Proceratiini
Genus: Proceratium
Species: P. shohei
Binomial name
Proceratium shohei
Staab, Xu & Hita Garcia, 2018

Proceratium shohei P CASENT0717686.jpg

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No direct observations of biology and natural history of this species are available. The type (and only known) specimen was collected from rain forest leaf litter. Like many other ant species occurring in the tropical rain forest of Xishuangbanna, the species probably also occurs in adjacent countries such as Laos or Thailand.


Staab et al. (2018) - Links to data, images and a 3D model of this species are provided in the Type Material section below.

Proceratium shohei differs from the other oriental members of the Proceratium stictum clade by the following character combination: head broadest at the level of eyes, sides and vertex of head weakly convex, almost straight; scapes relatively long (SI 72); frontal carinae relatively broad and slightly convex; posterodorsal corners of propodeum with broad teeth that project over less than half of the propodeal lobes in profile; petiole in dorsal view longer than broad; petiolar node relatively compressed dorsoventrally, subpetiolar process inconspicuous, a lamellae only, without a projection; LS3 with a straight ventral outline; abdominal segment IV strongly recurved and broadly rounded, LS4 reduced (IGR not measurable); head, mesosoma, petiole, and LT3 foveolate; LT4 smooth and shiny, dorsally without sculpture, laterally superficially punctured.

Among the other species of the Proceratium stictum clade occurring in the oriental zoogeographic region (Proceratium deelemani, Proceratium foveolatum, Proceratium stictum), Proceratium shohei is unsurprisingly most similar to Proceratium deelemani, but both species can be safely and easily separated. Proceratium shohei has an indistinct subpetiolar process without a median anterior projection (subpetiolar process with a distinct tooth in Proceratium deelemani; opposed to the Proceratium itoi clade, the subpetiolar process is an informative character in the Proceratium stictum clade). Also, Proceratium shohei has relatively longer scapes (SI 72) (SI 58–68 in Proceratium deelemani), the posterodorsal corner of the propodeum with relatively shorter teeth that project over less than half of the length of the propodeal lobes in profile (at least projecting over half of propodeal lobes in Proceratium deelemani), a very reduced LS4 so that IGR cannot be measured (LS4 also reduced but IGR 0.23–0.29 in Proceratium deelemani), a straight ventral outline of LS3 (with a depression in Proceratium deelemani), and slightly convex frontal carinae (slightly concave in Proceratium deelemani). Superficially, Proceratium shohei also resembles Proceratium stictum and Proceratium foveolatum. From Proceratium stictum it can be distinguished by the subpetiolar process without a median anterior projection (subpetiolar process with a distinct tooth in Proceratium stictum), the longer teeth on the posterodorsal corners of the propodeum that project straightly backwards (short and blunt, projecting slightly dorsally in Proceratium stictum), and the foveolate sculpture of the head, mesosoma, petiole, and LT3 (coarsely granulate with superimposed fovea in Proceratium stictum). The sculpture of the integument likewise easily distinguishes Proceratium shohei from Proceratium foveolatum, which has the entire integument including LT4 covered with large, deep, regular, and clearly demarcated fovea (fovea smaller and shallower, at most superficial punctures but no fovea on LT4 in Proceratium shohei). Also, in Proceratium foveolatum LT4 is extended posteriorly and forms a broad, strong angle while LT4 is not as extended and broadly rounded in Proceratium shohei.

Variation. Since this species is known only from the holotype there is no available information about intraspecific variation.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 21.964° to 21.964°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




ProceratiumEconomo-header (  X-ray micro-CT scan 3D model of Proceratium shohei (worker) prepared by the Economo lab at OIST.

See on Sketchfab. See list of 3D images.

Staab et al. 2018. Figure 23. Still images from surface display volume renderings of 3D model of Proceratium shohei holotype worker (CASENT0717686). A Body in profile B Body in dorsal view C Head in dorsal view D Head in anterodorsal view E Head in anterior view F Head in ventral view G Head in profile H Mesosoma in profile I Mesosoma in dorsal view J Propodeum in posterodorsal view K Abdominal segment II and parts of III in profile L Abdominal segment II and parts of III in dorsal view M Abdominal segments II–VII in profile N Abdominal segment III and parts of II and IV in dorsal view O Abdominal segments II–VII in ventral view.


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • shohei. Proceratium shohei Staab, Xu & Hita Garcia, in Staab, et al. 2018: 176, figs. 3A, 3C, 22, 23, 25 (w.) CHINA (Yunnan).
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: China: Yunnan Prov., Xishungbanna, km. 55 station, 21.964°N, 101.202E, 820 m.,, #05121, Winkler, rainforest (B. Guénard, B. Blanchard & C. Liu).
    • Type-depository: SFCY.
    • Distribution: China.

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



Holotype. TL 4.15; EL 0.09; SL 0.71; HL 0.99; HLM 1.13; HW 0.89; WL 1.25; MFeL 0.89; MTiL 0.71; MBaL 0.56; PeL 0.47; PeW 0.44; LT3 0.64; LS4 n.a.; LT4 0.66; OI 10; CI 90; SI 72; MFeI 100; MTiI 80; MBaI 63; DPeI 94; IGR n.a.; ASI 103. In full-face view, head slightly longer than broad (CI 90), sides and vertex weakly convex, almost straight. Clypeus relatively broad, surrounding antennal insertions and protruding anteriorly, anterior clypeal margin with a distinct notch. Frontal carinae relatively short, broadly separated from each other, constantly diverging posteriorly and not covering antennal insertions, lateral expansions of frontal carinae slightly concave in full-face view; frontal area convex; frontal furrow absent. Genal carinae strongly developed; ventral face of head (gular area) concave. Eyes relatively large (OI 10), consisting of one convex ommatidium, located slightly anterior to the midline of head. Antennae 12-segmented, scapes comparatively long (SI 72), not reaching posterior head margin and thickening apically. Mandibles elongate and triangular, masticatory margin with three teeth in total, apical tooth large and acute, the other teeth smaller and decreasing in size from second to third tooth that is followed by a series of minute blunt denticles.

Mesosoma in profile convex and longer than maximum head length including mandibles. Lower mesopleurae (katepisterna) with demarcated sutures, upper mesopleurae (anepisterna), and promesonotum with inconspicuous and very shallow sutures; lower mesopleurae inflated posteriorly; posterodorsal corners of propodeum with broad teeth that project over less than half of the propodeal lobes in profile, propodeal lobes strongly developed as broadly triangular teeth protruding dorsolaterally; propodeal declivity almost vertical, slightly inclined anteriorly; in posterodorsal view, sides of propodeum separated from declivity by lamellate margins; propodeal spiracle relatively small, located above mid height; in profile, opening ellipsoid and facing posteriorly. Legs comparatively long; all tibiae with a pectinate spur; calcar of strigil with a basal spine; pretarsal claws simple; arolia present.

Petiole in dorsal view longer than broad, sides consistently diverging posteriorly, anterior border with a thick margin that is distinctly angulate on each side; in profile, petiolar node relatively compressed dorsoventrally, its anterior face slightly sloping; dorsum of node relatively flat, weakly convex; ventral face inconspicuous with a thin lamella and no projection.

In dorsal view, abdominal segment III anteriorly much broader than petiole, its sides weakly convex; abdominal sternite III extended ventrally, its outline straight, anteriomedially with a conspicuous depression marked by a broad rim. Constriction between abdominal segments III and IV deep. Abdominal segment IV very large, very strongly recurved (abdominal sternum IV reduced and IGR not measurable) and posteriorly rounded, with a thin lamella on its anterior border; abdominal tergum IV slightly longer than abdominal tergum III (ASI 103), remaining abdominal tergites and sternites inconspicuous and projecting anteriorly. Sting large and extended.

Whole body covered with dense relatively short decumbent to erect hairs; additionally significantly longer suberect to erect hairs abundant on the whole body, including legs and scapes; such hairs also present on funicular joints, but shorter and relatively thicker; dense appressed to decumbent pubescence on the funiculus only; mandibles striate; head, mesosoma, petiole, and abdominal segment III foveolate with superimposed punctures and granules, the foveae relatively deep, large, and irregular; abdominal segment IV smooth and shiny, dorsally without sculpture, laterally superficially punctured; scapes and legs densely punctured. Body color uniformly dark ferruginous-brown, antennae, legs, and abdominal segments V–VII orange brown.

Type Material

Holotype. Pinned worker from CHINA, Yunnan Province, Xishuangbanna, Kilometer 55 station, 21.964°N / 101.202°E, 820 m asl, rain forest, Winkler leaf litter extraction, 13-VI-2013, leg. Benoit Guénard, Benjamin Blanchard & Cong Liu, label ‘#05121’ (CASENT0717686), deposited in Southwest Forestry University, Kunming, China.

Cybertype. Volumetric raw data (in DICOM format), a 3D rotation video (in .mp4 format, see Suppl. material 10: Video 8), still images of surface volume rendering, a 3D surface (in PLY format), and montage photos illustrating the head, profile and dorsal views of the body of the physical holotype (CASENT0717686) were all generated as part of this study. Data and images are freely available for download from a Dryad repository (there is a download link at the top right of the webpage) and a a 3D surface model of the holotype can be viewed online at Sketchfab.


This species is named in honor of Dr. Shohei Suzuki (1979–2016), a Japanese marine biologist whose life was tragically lost in a diving accident while conducting coral reef research in Okinawa.

Determination Clarifications

In Liu et al. (2015b) this species was erroneously listed as Proceratium deelemani, a species known from Borneo, peninsular Malaysia, and Thailand (see Baroni Urbani and de Andrade 2003).