Vollenhovia menshen

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Vollenhovia menshen
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Vollenhovia
Species: V. menshen
Binomial name
Vollenhovia menshen
Terayama, 2009

Vollenhovia menshen side (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg

Vollenhovia menshen top (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg

Specimen labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Vollenhovia menshen.


Terayama (2009) - This species resembles Vollenhovia emeryi, distributed from Hokkaido to Yakushima island in Japan, but is separable from the latter by the much developed lamellar wall of subpetiolar process and the absence of distinct propodeal spines.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Taiwan (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Terayama (2009) - Females (queens) of V. emeryi are all alate, while this species produces ergatoid females.


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

  • menshen. Vollenhovia menshen Terayama, 2009: 148, fig. 204 (w. ergatoid q.) TAIWAN.

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



Head microreticulate, 1.19 times as long as wide, with concave posterior margin. CI = 84, SI = 71, eye 0.13 mm in diameter. Promesonotum densely punctate, promesonotal dorsum almost straight, metanotum very weakly concave in profile; prosterodorsal corner of propodeum with an angle. Petiolar node higher than long, with convex dorsal margin, posterolateral corner not forming an angle, subpetiolar process developed, its thin lamellar wall higher than long. Postpetiole higher than long, dorsal outline convex in profile. Gaster smooth and shining.

HL 0.63, HW 0.53, SL 0.38, WL 0.78, PL 0.20, PH 0.33, DPW 0.20, PPL 0.20, PPH 0.23, PPW 0.20, TL 2.5

Color. Reddish brown; frons with a large brown spot; alitrunk and pedicel reddish brown; gaster blackish brown.

Type Material

Holotype. Worker, Nanshanxi, Nanfen-Cun, Nantou Pref., 30. vii. 1986, M. Terayama leg. Paratypes. 2w, same data as the holotype, 2w, 1 ergatoid female, same locality, 28.vii.-3.iii. 1988, 1w, Wushe, Nantou Pref., 23. viii. 1987, M. Terayama leg. Types are preserved in NIAES.


The specific epithet is the Chinese noun Menshen, which is the name of a Taiwanese god.