Stegomyrmex connectens

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Stegomyrmex connectens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Stegomyrmex
Species: S. connectens
Binomial name
Stegomyrmex connectens
Emery, 1912

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Specimen Labels

This species is known from a single queen and a tentatively, and questionably, associated male.

Identification

Feitosa et al. (2008) - The gyne of S. connectens can be immediately recognized and separated from the other species in the genus by the presence of two anteroventral projections in the petiolar peduncle.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru (type locality).


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Biology

Castes

Queen

Male

Nomenclature

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

  • connectens. Stegomyrmex connectens Emery, 1912b: 100, fig. 5 (q.m.) PERU. See also: Hölldobler & Wilson, 1986a: 16; Diniz, 1990: 284; Feitosa, Brandão & Diniz, 2008: 79.

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

Feitosa et al. (2008) - Stegomyrmex connectens is the type species of the genus and remains known only by a single gyne collected in Vilcanota, Peru, and a male tentatively assigned to this species, from Mapiri, Bolivia. In the original description, Emery (1912) mentioned that the male might belong to a different Stegomyrmex species, although he decided to describe it as S. connectens . Diniz (1990) examined this specimen and noticed that it presents some important morphological differences in comparison to the conspecific gyne, mainly in wing venation, pilosity, and by the absence of a second anteroventral spine in the petiolar peduncle. These differences, and the disjunct distribution of the gyne and male specimens, may indicate that they indeed do not belong to the same species.

Description

Type Material

Feitosa et al. (2008) - Holotype gyne. PERU: Vilcanota Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Genoa (not examined).

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bezdeckova K., P. Bedecka, and I. Machar. 2015. A checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Peru. Zootaxa 4020 (1): 101–133.
  • Diniz J. L. M. 1990. Revisao sistemática da tribo Stegomyrmicini, com a descripça~o de uma nova espécie (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Rev. Bras. Entomol. 34: 277-295.
  • Diniz J. L. M., and C. R. F. Brandão. 1993. Biology and myriapod predation by the Neotropical myrmicine ant Stegomyrmex vizottoi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insectes Sociaux 40: 301-311.
  • Emery C. 1912. Études sur les Myrmicinae. [I-IV.]. Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 56: 94-105.
  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Kusnezov N. 1953. La fauna mirmecológica de Bolivia. Folia Universitaria. Cochabamba 6: 211-229.
  • Mertl A. L., J. F. A. Traniello, K. Ryder Wilkie, and R. Constantino. 2012. Associations of two ecologically significant social insect taxa in the litter of an amazonian rainforest: is there a relationship between ant and termite species richness? Psyche doi:10.1155/2012/312054
  • Serna F. J. 2002. Primer registro de Stegomyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae) para Colombia. Caldasia 24: 217-219.
  • Smith M. R. 1946. A second species of Stegomyrmex, and the first description of a Stegomyrmex worker (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Revista de Entomologia (Rio de Janeiro) 17: 286-289.