Lachnomyrmex victori Feitosa & Brandao, 2008

Feitosa, R. M. & Brandão, C. R. F., 2008, A taxonomic revision of the Neotropical myrmicine ant genus Lachnomyrmex Wheeler (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Zootaxa 1890, pp. 1-49 : 43-47

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Lachnomyrmex victori Feitosa & Brandao

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Lachnomyrmex victori Feitosa & Brandao   HNS , new species

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Holotype worker. BRAZIL: Santa Catarina: Sao Bonifacio, P.E. da Serra do Tabuleiro , 27°49'06''S 48°54'41"W, 8-13.iii.2004, R.R. Silva, B.H. Dietz & N.L. Albuquerque cols, no. 27 [ MZSP] GoogleMaps .

Paratypes. same data as holotype, nos. 3/27 (3 workers and 1 gyne) [ MZSP] GoogleMaps ; same data, no. 27 (1 worker) [ CASC] GoogleMaps ; BRAZIL: Espirito Santo: Santa Teresa , E.B. Santa Lucia, 19°58'09''S 40°32'15''W, 20- 24.i.2002, J.H. Schoereder & C.R. Ribas cols, no. 37 (2 workers) [ MZSP] GoogleMaps ; same data, no. 37 (1 worker) [ USNM] GoogleMaps ; Santa Catarina: Blumenau , P.E. das Nascentes, 27°06'15''S 49°09'14''W, 20-27.x.2000, R.R. Silva & F. Eberhardt cols, nos. 13/17/20/24 (4 workers) [ MZSP] GoogleMaps ; Parana: Tunas , P. das Lauraceas, 24°51'16''S 48°43'00''W, 21-29.ii.2001, R.R. Silva & F. Eberhardt cols, nos. 7/9/11/13/17/28/50 (6 workers e 1 gyne) [ MZSP] GoogleMaps ; same data, no. 7 (1 worker) [ AMNH] GoogleMaps ; same data, no. 7 (1 worker) [ BMNH] GoogleMaps ; same data, no. 7 (1 worker) [ ICNC] GoogleMaps ; same data, no. 7 (1 worker) [ IHVL] GoogleMaps ; same data, no. 9 (1 worker) [ INBC] GoogleMaps ; same data, no. 28 (1 worker) [ MIZA] GoogleMaps ; Sao Paulo: Salesopolis , E.B.B., 12-17.iv.1997, B.H. Dietz & C. I. Yamamoto cols, nos. 4/24 (2 workers and 1 gyne) [ MZSP] ; same data, no. 7 (1 worker) [ WPMC] ; same locality, 20-26.x.1997, C. Klingenberg & C.I. Yamamoto cols, no. 22 (1 worker) [ MZSP] .

Worker diagnosis. Body irregularly covered by vermiculate, short, relatively sparse rugae; promesonotum moderately convex; metanotal groove shallowly impressed to obsolete; propodeal spines straight; teeth of propodeal lobes reduced and swollen basally; dorsum of postpetiole with more than 10 long hairs; first tergite of gaster devoid of long flexuous hairs.

Holotype measurements. HL 0.73; HW 0.72; ML 0.24; SL 0.47; EL 0.14; WL 0.85; PSL 0.17; PL 0.36; PPL 0.14; GL 0.98; TL 3.30; CI 98; SI 66; OI 20.

Worker measurements (n=33). HL 0.52-0.76; HW 0.54-0.76; ML 0.16-0.25; SL 0.30-0.51; EL 0.08- 0.16; WL 0.57-0.93; PSL 0.11-0.21; PL 0.22-0.39; PPL 0.12-0.19; TL 2.26-3.51; GL 0.68-1.02; CI 97-103; SI 51-66; OI 15-22.

Gyne measurements (n=9). HL 0.69-0.78; HW 0.69-0.79; ML 0.21-0.26; SL 0.44-0.49; EL 0.18-0.21; WL 0.85-1.06; PSL 0.16-0.22; PL 0.35-0.41; PPL 0.13-0.18; GL 0.94-1.17; TL 3.21-3.83; CI 99-101; SI 61-66; OI 24-279.

Worker description. Body reddish-brown to black, with gaster and appendages slightly lighter. Body irregularly covered by short, relatively sparse rugae, somewhat longer and longitudinal on head dorsum; mandibles with short longitudinal striae restricted to basal portion; petiole and postpetiole finely and irregularly rugose. Abundant pilosity on head and promesonotum dorsum; dorsum of petiolar node and postpetiole each with more than 10 long hairs; first gastral tergite entirely devoid of long flexuous hairs.

Head usually as long as broad, with vertexal margin moderately convex; frontal lobes laterally rounded; eyes with about seven facets on maximum diameter. Promesonotum moderately convex in profile, but distinctly higher than propodeum level; metanotal groove shallow to virtually obsolete; propodeal spines straight; teeth of propodeal lobes swollen and very reduced, with less than one-third of propodeal spines length. Petiolar node moderately elevated, dorsally rounded, and with the posterior face weakly sloped in lateral view; postpetiole weakly convex dorsally and without ventral processes.

Gyne. Differing from worker by the following combination of characters: body pilosity denser and shorter, with first tergite of gaster bearing around 10 long flexuous hairs at the anterior portion, near postpetiole insertion; eyes with around 13 facets at greatest diameter; petiolar node comparatively lower.

Etymology. The name of this species is an homage to Victor Vieira da Silva, son of the colleague myrmecologist Rogerio Rosa da Silva.

Comments. While examining specimens of Lachnomyrmex plaumanni   HNS from the MZSP collection, one of us (RMF) noticed that there was a morphologically distinct subgroup of individuals, all collected in the same range of L. plaumanni   HNS . In the pin of one of these individuals there was a manuscript note made by Father Thomas Borgmeier in which he recognized a group of workers that differed from the typical L. plaumanni   HNS by the larger size and straight propodeal spines, rather than the curved ones of the latter. The study of recently collected Lachnomyrmex   HNS specimens deposited in the MZSP collection, led us to recognize these specimens and several others as a different and undescribed species sympatric with L. plaumanni   HNS .

Further than the characters pointed out by Borgmeier, workers of L. victori   HNS can be distinguished from L. plaumanni   HNS and the other congeners also by the promesonotum only moderately elevated, metanotal suture ill impressed, dorsum of postpetiole with more than 10 long hairs, and first gastral tergite devoid of long hairs.

As far as we know, L. victori   HNS occurs in the Atlantic Forest of southeastern Brazil, at 300-1050m elevation. As in L. plaumanni   HNS , there is a single record of a L. victori   HNS worker foraging in the vegetation. It was collected on the trunk of Croton floribundus (Euphorbiaceae), in the state of Sao Paulo (M.S. Morini, pers. comm.).

Additional material examined. BRAZIL: Bahia: Ilheus , iv.1996, J. Assis col. (1 gyne) [ CPDC] ; same locality, x.1996, L.S. Ramos col., no. 5119 (2 workers) [ CPDC] ; Marau , 23.x.1998, J.R.M. Santos col. (1 worker) [ MZSP] ; Sao Jose, Vitoria Puaias , 15°03'N 39° 20'W, 22.v.2000, J.R.M. Santos col., no. A38 (1 worker) [ CPDC] GoogleMaps ; Parana: Bocaiuva , v.1963, F. Plaumann col., no. 4000 (1 gyne) [ MZSP] ; same locality, xi.1963, F. Plaumann col., no. 3870 (1 worker) [ MZSP] ; Santa Catarina: Chapeco , vi.1960, F. Plaumann col. (1 gyne) [ MZSP] ; Concordia , ix.1959, F. Plaumann col., no. 8296a (1 worker) [ MZSP] ; Ibicare , vii.1959, F. Plaumann col., no. 3128 (4 workers) [ MZSP] ; Nova Teutonia , ix.1954, F. Plaumann col., no. 8216 (4 workers and 2 gynes) [ MZSP] ; same locality, xi.1957, F. Plaumann col. (1 worker) [ MZSP] ; same locality, xii.1958, F. Plaumann col., no. 8307 (1 worker) [ MZSP] ; same locality, vii.1959, F. Plaumann col. (1 worker) [ MZSP] ; same locality, vi.1960, F. Plaumann col., no. 3960 (1 worker and 1 gyne) [ MZSP] ; same locality, vi.1963, F. Plaumann col., no. 3710 (1 gyne) [ MZSP] ; Seara , viii.1958, F. Plaumann col., no. 2708 (3 workers) [ MZSP] ; same data (1 worker) [ MZSP] ; Sao Paulo: Cunha, P.E. da Serra do Mar, Nucleo Indaia , 23°15'03''S 45°00'26"W, 21-22.iv.2001, R.R. Silva & A.A. Tavares cols, no. 31 (3 workers) [ MZSP] GoogleMaps ; Mogi das Cruzes, P.N.M. da Serra do Itapeti, Trilha do Esquilo , 22.iv.1999, 23°29'22''S 46°11'55"W, A.S.M. Cassarotti col., no. C 2.2 (1 worker) [ CPMS] GoogleMaps ; Ribeirao Grande, P.E. Intervales, Barra Grande , 24°18'30''S 48°25'10''W, 5.ii.1999, A.A. Tavares col., no. T2-15 (1 gyne) [ MZSP] GoogleMaps .


Brazil, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo


USA, California, San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences


USA, Washington D.C., National Museum of Natural History, [formerly, United States National Museum]


USA, New York, New York, American Museum of Natural History


United Kingdom, London, The Natural History Museum [formerly British Museum (Natural History)]






Costa Rica, Santo Domingo de Heredia, Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)


Venezuela, Maracay, Museuo del Instituto de Zoologia Agricola




Brazil, Bahia, Itabuna, Centro de Pesquisas do Cacau