Nothing is known about the biology of this species.
This species is most likely to be confused with Euprenolepis variegata and Euprenolepis wittei. It can be separated most easily from E. wittei by the scapes, which on E. wittei possess a thick layer of pubescence distally, and by a flatter, more elongated pronotum. Its separation from E. variegata can be more difficult, but E. variegate possesses longer gastral setae overall (majority of setae greater than 0.1 mm in length). Also, E. maschwitzi is lighter in color, being more yellow than either E. variegata or E. wittei, and this species possesses a duller cuticle, especially on the head and gaster. (Lapolla 2009)
Keys including this Species
Known from peninsular Malaysia and Borneo.
Latitudinal Distribution Pattern
Latitudinal Range: 6.033333333° to 0.883333325°.
- Source: AntMaps
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
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|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.|
|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.|
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.
- maschwitzi. Euprenolepis maschwitzi LaPolla, 2009: 8, figs. 4A-D (w.) BORNEO.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Measurements (n=3): TL: 3.41–4.02; HW: 0.84–0.89; HL: 0.84–0.93; SL: 1.03–1.14; WL: 1.21–1.36; GL: 1.32–1.73. Indices: CI: 96–100; SI: 116–125.
Head yellowish-brown, with lighter mandibles and funiculi; head about as long as broad. Cuticular surface shiny, weakly rugoreticulate, with scattered erect setae and sparse, scattered pubescence. Posterior margin complete. Scapes surpass posterior margin by about length of the first three funicular segments. Scapes with erect setae and a layer of pubescence, becoming denser distally. Mesosoma brownish-yellow, smooth and slightly dull, legs lighter, especially tarsi. Scattered erect setae of varying length concentrated on posterior pronotum and anterior mesonotum. Pronotum rises gently towards mesonotum (about 30º angle). Propodeum dorsum rounded, dome-like; declivity short, but steep. Petiole triangular, inclined forward, with posterior face longer than anterior face; gaster yellowish-brown with scattered erect setae and no pubescence underneath; cuticular surface slightly dull and weakly rugoreticulate.
Holotype worker, MALAYSIA: Borneo, Sabah, Poring Hot Spring, East Ridge, N 06°02’ E 116°42’, 980 m, 31.v.1997 (A. Malsch) (National Museum of Natural History); 2 paratype workers, same locality as holotype (USNM; Australian National Insect Collection); 1 paratype worker, MALAYSIA: Borneo, Sabah, Tawau Nat. Park, N 04°23.8', E 117°53.5, 13.iii.2001 (M. Pfeiffer) (USNM).
The species epithet is given to honor Ulrich Maschwitz for his insightful contributions to Euprenolepis natural history.
- LaPolla, J. S. 2009. Taxonomic revision of the Southeast Asian ant genus Euprenolepis. Zootaxa. 2046:1-25.
References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
- CSIRO Collection
- LaPolla J. S. 2009. Taxonomic revision of the Southeast Asian ant genus Euprenolepis. Zootaxa 2046: 1-25.
- Lapolla, J. S.. "Taxonomic Revision of the Southeast Asian Ant Genus Euprenolepis." Zootaxa 2046 (2009): 1-25.
- Pfeiffer M.; Mezger, D.; Hosoishi, S.; Bakhtiar, E. Y.; Kohout, R. J. 2011. The Formicidae of Borneo (Insecta: Hymenoptera): a preliminary species list. Asian Myrmecology 4:9-58