Rhopalomastix impithuksai

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Rhopalomastix impithuksai
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Rhopalomastix
Species group: rothneyi
Species: R. impithuksai
Binomial name
Rhopalomastix impithuksai
Wang & Jaitrong, 2021

Identification

The worker of R. impithuksai is morphologically similar to Rhopalomastix javana, but can be differentiated by the following characters:

  • 1) condition of supraclypeal area – in R. impithuksai the supraclypeal area is lined with dark-pigmented longitudinal carinae with posterior apex carinate and usually acute, in R. javana the supraclypeal area does not have such carinae, with posterior apex often indistinct
  • 2) hairs on anterior face of petiole – in R. impithuksai there are few decumbent and standing hairs only present close to the apex, while in R. javana, there are standing hairs uniformly distributed on the entire anterior petiolar face
  • 3) upper half of outer face of mandible-finely striate in R. impithuksai, but smooth and shining in R. javana.

Rhopalomastix impithuksai workers may also appear similar to the morphologically variable R. johorensis, but the two species can be distinguished by the aforementioned points (2) and (3). In addition, for R. impithuksai the dorsolateral propodeal margins transition to posterior propodeal margin at bluntly rounded posterolateral corners – together with an almost flat propodeal dorsum, these give rise to a roundly obtuse posterior propodeal junction. In contrast, for R. johorensis, the combination of ill-defined posterolateral corners of the propodeum and a gently downward-sloping propodeal dorsum, give rise to an indistinct though broadly-rounded propodeal junction.

The large worker of R. impithuksai is also morphologically similar to smaller workers of R. robusta, but may be differentiated based on characters described in more detail under Rhopalomastix robusta.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Thailand (type locality).


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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • impithuksai. Rhopalomastix impithuksai Wang & Jaitrong, in Wang et al., 2021: 123, figs. 2a, 3, 4, 16a (w.m.) THAILAND.

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