Dorymyrmex paranensis Santschi 1922,

Wild, Alexander L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 43

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http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.179222

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scientific name

Dorymyrmex paranensis Santschi 1922
status

 

Dorymyrmex paranensis Santschi 1922  a. NEW STATUS.

Dorymyrmex pyramicus  subsp. flavus var. paranensis Forel 1911 b: 285  . Unavailable name.

Dorymyrmex (Conomyrma) pyramicus  var. paranensis Santschi 1922 a: 372  . First available use of paranensis Forel 1911  b. [w syntypes examined, MHNG; San Bernadino, Cordillera, Paraguay (Fiebrig)].

Conomyrma pyramicus  var. paranensis (Santschi)  . Kempf 1972: 79. Dorymyrmex (Conomyrma) pyramicus paranensis Santschi.  Bolton et al. 2006: catalogue.

Dorymyrmex paranensis  , described by Forel from Fiebrig’s Paraguayan material and known from additional recent collections in eastern Parguay, can be distinguished from all other Dorymyrmex  in the region by the following combination of character states: compound eyes relatively small, about the same diameter as the distance between the frontal carinae; head of largest workers relatively broad, about as broad as long; head, mesosoma, and anterior gastric terga clear yellow to yellow-orange in color; and psammophore present but weakly developed. This ant shares the same small eye size as the common D. brunneus  , but that species has a more strongly produced propodeal tooth, a more angular mesonotum, and a dark brown body color. The other common light-colored Dorymyrmex  in Paraguay, the chacoan species D. exsanguis  , is more gracile  ; the head of the largest workers at least 1.2x as long as broad and supports a fully-developed psammophore bearing setae roughly equal in length to the head.

The identity of Dorymyrmex pyramicus  (Roger 1863 a), described from Bahia, Brazil, is unclear. Snelling (1995) discusses the problems with this and other names in this taxonomically problematic genus. Apparently, no subsequent taxonomists have seen Roger’s material and Roger’s description of D. pyramicus  does not provide enough detail to discern anything other than a bicolored red/brown Dorymyrmex  . Kusnezov (1952 b) and Fabiana Cuezzo (pers comm.) use the name for a robust, bicolored, large-eyed species that I have collected near Buenos Aires, Argentina  but that has not yet been recorded from Paraguay. In any case, I find no justification for retaining the current trinomen given the uncertainty of D. pyramicus  .

NEW

University of Newcastle

MHNG

Museum d'Histoire Naturelle

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Dorymyrmex

Loc

Dorymyrmex paranensis Santschi 1922

Wild, Alexander L. 2007
2007
Loc

var. paranensis

Santschi 1922: 372
1922
Loc

subsp. flavus var. paranensis

Forel 1911: 285
1911
Loc

paranensis

Forel 1911
1911