Solenopsis medioclara Santschi

Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 54

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Solenopsis medioclara Santschi


Solenopsis medioclara Santschi  HNS  1923b. NEW STATUS.

Solenopsis brevicornis var. medioclara Santschi  HNS  1923b: 254. [w syntypes examined, NHMB; Piracicabo , Minas Gerais, Brazil (Luja)]  .

Solenopsis medioclara  HNS  is commonly encountered in Paraguay in sifted litter samples from tall forest habitats. This species can be recognized by the short antennal scapes (about Vi head length), the lack of punctation on the mesopleuron, and the shape of the petiole, which in profile is considerably bulkier than the post-petiole. I have not examined the type specimens of Emery’s Solenopsis brevicornis  HNS  , but Santschi’s types of S. medioclara  HNS  are a close match to numerous recent collections from humid subtropical semi-deciduous forest in Canindeyú. I change the status of Solenopsis medioclara  HNS  to eliminate the trinomen, but detailed study of Solenopsis (Diplorhoptrum)  HNS  will be needed to clarify the identity of this species. S. brevicornis  HNS  may turn out to be the valid name for the Paraguayan populations.


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