Brachymyrmex termitophilus Forel 1896,

Wild, Alexander L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 44

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

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scientific name

Brachymyrmex termitophilus Forel 1896
status

 

Brachymyrmex termitophilus Forel 1896  e. NEW STATUS.

Brachymyrmex heeri  var. termitophilus Forel 1896 e: 179  . [w syntypes examined, MHNG; Brazil].

Although B. termitophilus  shares the dense pubescence and light coloration of B. heeri  , this ant is more compact than Forel’s B. heeri  types ( MHNG, examined). In contrast to the relatively long antennal scapes of B. heeri  , the scapes of B. termitophilus  are shorter than the head length, in repose only barely meeting the posterior margin of the head in full-face view. Additionally, the propodeum of B. termitophilus  in lateral view is only slightly or not at all depressed below the level of the promesonotum, whereas in B. heeri  the propodeum is always noticeably lower than the promesonotum. Both species occur in Paraguay with no evidence of intergrades, an observation that supports the elevation of termitophilus  to species.

Brachymyrmex fiebrigi Forel  ( MHNG, types examined) has smaller eyes in the worker caste than B. termitophilus  , but is otherwise a very similar ant and may merely represent the low end of intraspecific eye size variation in B. termitophilus  . As only a few specimens of both the large- and small-eyed variants were available in the present study, I prefer to retain B. fiebrigi  as valid until more material becomes available.

NEW

University of Newcastle

MHNG

Museum d'Histoire Naturelle

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Brachymyrmex

Loc

Brachymyrmex termitophilus Forel 1896

Wild, Alexander L. 2007
2007
Loc

var. termitophilus

Forel 1896: 179
1896