Pseudomyrmex termitarius

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Pseudomyrmex termitarius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Pseudomyrmecinae
Genus: Pseudomyrmex
Species: P. termitarius
Binomial name
Pseudomyrmex termitarius
(Smith, F., 1855)

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Specimen labels

Synonyms

De Oliveira et al. (2015), studying ant occupancy of Cecropia trees in southwest Bahia, Brazil, found a colony of Pseudomyrmex termitarius nesting in a Cecropia pachystachya tree.

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia, Brazil (type locality), Colombia, French Guiana, Grenada, Guyana, Lesser Antilles, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Passos and Leal (2019) - This species was found attending extrafloral nectaries of the plant Turnera subulata in northeastern Brazil (12°16′24″S 38°57′20″W / 12.27333°S 38.95556°W / -12.27333; -38.95556) Caatinga vegetation. Pseudomyrmex termitarius was classified as a subordinate species and was infrequently observed.


Life History Traits

  • Mean colony size: 75 (Beckers et al., 1989)
  • Foraging behaviour: tandem recruitment

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • elegans. Pseudomyrma elegans Smith, F. 1855c: 159 (w.) BRAZIL. Forel, 1912g: 19 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1956: 382 (l.). Combination in Pseudomyrmex: Kusnezov, 1953e: 214. Junior synonym of termitarius: Kempf, 1960a: 8.
  • nigriceps. Pseudomyrma nigriceps Smith, F. 1855c: 159 (w.) BRAZIL. Combination in Pseudomyrmex: Kusnezov, 1953e: 214. Subspecies of tenuis: Santschi, 1922b: 345. Junior synonym of termitarius: Perrault, 1988a: 384. See also: Kempf, 1960a: 7.
  • termitarius. Pseudomyrma termitaria Smith, F. 1855c: 158 (w.q.) BRAZIL. Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1973d: 207 (l.). Combination in Pseudomyrmex: Kempf, 1960a: 8. Junior synonym of gracilis: Forel, 1911e: 276. Revived from synonymy as subspecies of gracilis: Forel, 1912g: 19. Subspecies of denticollis: Gallardo, 1932a: 56. Revived status as species: Kempf, 1960a: 8. Senior synonym of breviceps, elegans, infusca: Kempf, 1960a: 8; of nigriceps: Perrault, 1988a: 384.
  • infusca. Pseudomyrma denticollis var. infusca Forel, 1908c: 382 (w.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of termitarius: Kempf, 1960a: 8.
  • breviceps. Pseudomyrma elegans r. breviceps Forel, 1912g: 20 (w.) TRINIDAD. Junior synonym of termitarius: Kempf, 1960a: 8.

Description

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