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==Identification==
 
==Identification==
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Bolton (1987) - This glossy black West African member of the ''altinode''-complex is immediately diagnosed by the structure of the petiole and postpetiole, which is shared only with the Kenyan ''[[Monomorium mirandum]]''. The only other West African member of this complex which is known, ''[[Monomorium occidentale]]'', is also darkly coloured but, apart from lacking the petiolar configuration of ''vonatu'', has a pair of elongate narrow teeth on the clypeus and a very large propodeal spiracle. ''M. mirandum'', the closest known relative of ''vonatu'', is spectacularly coloured black and yellow and has much longer antennal scapes (SI 97-100).
  
 
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*''<span style='color:red;font-weight:bold;'>vonatu.</span> Monomorium vonatu'' Bolton, 1987: 420 (w.) GHANA.
 
*''<span style='color:red;font-weight:bold;'>vonatu.</span> Monomorium vonatu'' Bolton, 1987: 420 (w.) GHANA.
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===Description===
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====Worker====
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Holotype. TL 2.0, HL 0.49, HW 0.41, CI 84, SL 0.34, SI 83, PW 0.26, AL 0.54.
  
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Clypeal carinae sharp and conspicuous, widely divergent anteriorly and the triangular area enclosed by the carinae and anterior margin fiat transversely. Clypeal carinae reaching the anterior margin on a pair of low but distinctly projecting broad denticles. Anterior margin between the denticles transverse. Maximum diameter of eye 0.24 x HW and with 6-7 ommatidia in the longest row. In full-face view the eyes in front of the midlength of the sides, though their posterior margins are close to the midlength. Antennal scapes, when laid straight back from their insertions, failing to reach the occipital margin. Alitrunk in profile with basically the same dorsal outline shape as ''[[Monomorium fugelanum]]'' (Fig. 88) . Promesonotum evenly convex, sloping posteriorly to the narrow but conspicuously impressed metanotal groove . Metanotal cross-ribs short but strongly developed and conspicuous. Propodeal spiracle minute and pinhole-like. Propodeal dorsum sloping downwards posteriorly, the dorsum and declivity rounding evenly together, not distinctly separated, though the latter slopes more steeply than the former. Petiole in profile with a high narrow node which tapers to a point apically. The anterior and posterior faces meet in a sharp rim or edge which is continuous round the dorsum and sides of the node. Subpetiolar process an elongate but low lobe which runs to the level of the spiracle , anterior peduncle of petiole short and narrow. Postpetiole high and narrow, with a high and near-vertical anterior face; as on the petiole, the anterior and posterior faces meet in a sharp rim or edge. Standing hairs present on all dorsal surfaces of head and body, the promesonotum with 3 pairs. Sculpture absent except for minute hair-pits and metanotal cross-ribs. Colour glossy black.
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*Bolton, B. 1987. A review of the Solenopsis genus-group and revision of Afrotropical Monomorium Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 54: 263-452 (page 420, worker described)
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Monomorium vonatu
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species: M. vonatu
Binomial name
Monomorium vonatu
Bolton, 1987

Monomorium vonatu casent0902248 p 1 high.jpg

Monomorium vonatu casent0902248 d 1 high.jpg

Specimen Labels

One collection of this species was taken from a savanna forest.

Identification

Bolton (1987) - This glossy black West African member of the altinode-complex is immediately diagnosed by the structure of the petiole and postpetiole, which is shared only with the Kenyan Monomorium mirandum. The only other West African member of this complex which is known, Monomorium occidentale, is also darkly coloured but, apart from lacking the petiolar configuration of vonatu, has a pair of elongate narrow teeth on the clypeus and a very large propodeal spiracle. M. mirandum, the closest known relative of vonatu, is spectacularly coloured black and yellow and has much longer antennal scapes (SI 97-100).

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Ghana (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • vonatu. Monomorium vonatu Bolton, 1987: 420 (w.) GHANA.

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

Description

Worker

Holotype. TL 2.0, HL 0.49, HW 0.41, CI 84, SL 0.34, SI 83, PW 0.26, AL 0.54.

Clypeal carinae sharp and conspicuous, widely divergent anteriorly and the triangular area enclosed by the carinae and anterior margin fiat transversely. Clypeal carinae reaching the anterior margin on a pair of low but distinctly projecting broad denticles. Anterior margin between the denticles transverse. Maximum diameter of eye 0.24 x HW and with 6-7 ommatidia in the longest row. In full-face view the eyes in front of the midlength of the sides, though their posterior margins are close to the midlength. Antennal scapes, when laid straight back from their insertions, failing to reach the occipital margin. Alitrunk in profile with basically the same dorsal outline shape as Monomorium fugelanum (Fig. 88) . Promesonotum evenly convex, sloping posteriorly to the narrow but conspicuously impressed metanotal groove . Metanotal cross-ribs short but strongly developed and conspicuous. Propodeal spiracle minute and pinhole-like. Propodeal dorsum sloping downwards posteriorly, the dorsum and declivity rounding evenly together, not distinctly separated, though the latter slopes more steeply than the former. Petiole in profile with a high narrow node which tapers to a point apically. The anterior and posterior faces meet in a sharp rim or edge which is continuous round the dorsum and sides of the node. Subpetiolar process an elongate but low lobe which runs to the level of the spiracle , anterior peduncle of petiole short and narrow. Postpetiole high and narrow, with a high and near-vertical anterior face; as on the petiole, the anterior and posterior faces meet in a sharp rim or edge. Standing hairs present on all dorsal surfaces of head and body, the promesonotum with 3 pairs. Sculpture absent except for minute hair-pits and metanotal cross-ribs. Colour glossy black.

Type Material

Holotype worker, Ghana: Mampong, 10.ii.1970 (P. Room) (The Natural History Museum).

References