Technomyrmex albipes (F. Smith, 1861)

Yamane, Seiki, Leong, Chi-Man & Lin, Chung-Chi, 2018, Taiwanese species of the ant genus Technomyrmex (Formicidae: Dolichoderinae), Zootaxa 4410 (1), pp. 35-56: 37-39

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4410.1.2

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scientific name

Technomyrmex albipes (F. Smith, 1861)
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Technomyrmex albipes (F. Smith, 1861) 

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Worker diagnosis. MEASUREMENTS (N=5). TL AROUND 2.6, HW 0.53–0.57, HL 0.56–0.60, SL 0.50–0.53, CI 93–95, SI 93–96. HEAD SLIgHTLY LONgER THAN bROAD. WITH HEAD IN PROFILE, EYE LOCATED IN FRONT OF MIDLENgTH OF HEAD. MANDIbLE WITHOUT LONgITUDINAL gROOVE ( FIg. 2CView FIGURE2). DORSUM OF HEAD bEHIND LEVEL OF POSTERIOR MARgIN OF EYE WITHOUT STANDINg HAIRS ( FIg. 1HView FIGURE 1). STANDINg HAIRS ON gASTRAL TERgITES II & III RELATIVELY SHORT, AT MOST AS LONg AS ANTENNAL PEDICEL  . BODY ALMOST ENTIRELY bLACK, EXCEPT FOR TARSI OF LEgS AND TIP OF ANTENNA YELLOWISH.

Distribution. ORIENTAL ( NEWAbout NEW TO TAIWAN) AND INDO-MALAYAN REgIONS, HAWAII, OCEANIA, AFROTROPICAL AND PALEARCTIC (EUROPE) REgIONS, CARIbbEAN ISLANDS ( FORAbout FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE BOLTON, 2007, ANTWEb V7.3.5, 2017).

Specimens examined ( NMNSAbout NMNS, SKYC, TFRIAbout TFRI)  . NANTOU COUNTY: 2 WORKERS, HUISUN EXP  . FOREST (500–800 M ALT.) 24.0896°N, 121.0305°E, 27–30.IV.2017, C. M. LEONg LEg. TAITUNg COUNTY: 16 WORKERS, CHIHPEN ( HOTEL gARDEN), 24.IV.2010, SK  . YAMANE (TW10-SKY-15).

Remarks. THIS SMALL ANTAbout ANT IS A FAMOUS TRAMP WIDELY FOUND IN WARMER REgIONS OF THE WORLD. UNTIL BOLTON (2007) PUbLISHED THE EXCELLENT REVISION SEVERAL RELATED SPECIES IN THE T. albipes  gROUP HAD bEEN CONFUSED WITH T. albipes  . ACCORDINg TO BOLTON (2007) MOST OF THE PREVIOUS RECORDS FORAbout FOR T. albipes  ’ FROM CHINA, TAIWAN AND JAPAN (Eg., TERAYAMA, 1991; YAMAUCHI et al., 1991; JAPANESE ANTAbout ANT DATAbASE gROUP, 2003) WERE PRObAbLY bASED ON MISIDENTIFICATIONS. ALTHOUgH BOLTON (2007) DID NOTAbout NOT CITE ANY RECORD OF T. albipes  FROM THAILAND, INDOCHINA, CHINA, TAIWAN AND JAPAN, THIS SPECIES ACTUALLY OCCURS IN MOST OF THESE AREAS (e.g., JAITRONg et al., 2016; YAMANE, UNPUbL.); HOWEVER, JAPAN APPARENTLY LACKS IT (TERAYAMA et al., 2014). ALTHOUgH TERAYAMA (2009) EXCLUDED THIS SPECIES FROM THE ANTAbout ANT FAUNA OF TAIWAN, RECENT COLLECTIONS REVEALED ITS OCCURRENCE THERE.

ALTHOUgH BOLTON (2007) RESOLVED MOST TAXONOMIC CONFUSION IN THIS SPECIES gROUP, THERE STILL REMAIN SOME UNSOLVED PRObLEMS. FOR EXAMPLE, VERY RESTRICTED INFORMATION IS AVAILAbLE AbOUT THE NESTINg HAbITS OF T. albipes  IN SPITE OF ITS COMMON OCCURRENCE AS A TRAMP  . BOLTON ENUMERATED A FEW INSTANCES FOR THE NESTINg SITE OF THIS SPECIES, NAMELY, INTERNODES OF A MYRMECOPHYTE, PLANT SPATHES AND ROT HOLES IN WOOD. HOWEVER, SOME CARTON NESTS ON TREE LEAVES HAVE bEEN FOUND IN BORNEO AND MALAY PENINSULA FORAbout FOR ‘ THIS SPECIES’ AS WELL AS NESTS IN RESTRICTED SPACES SUCHAbout SUCH AS ROTTINg WOOD  , DEAD TWIgS ETC. (YAMANE AND TSUjI, PERSONAL ObS.). THIS SUggESTS THAT T. albipes  (sensu BOLTON) MAY ACTUALLY bE A COMPLEX OF SIbLINg SPECIES. MORE INFORMATION ON NESTINg SITE AND DNA DATA FROM VARIOUS LOCALITIES ARE NEEDED TO RESOLVE THIS PRObLEM.

NEW

University of Newcastle

FOR

Forssa Museum of Natural History

NMNS

National Museum of Natural Science

TFRI

Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute

ANT

Anguilla National Trust

NOT

Nottingham City Natural History Museum

SUCH

Sukhumi Botanical Garden of Georgian Academy of Sciences