Leptogenys breviceps Viehmeyer, 1914

Č, Peter Hlavá & Janda, Milan, 2009, Leptogenopapus mirabilis, a new genus and species of Lomechusini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae) from Papua New Guinea associated with ants of the genus Leptogenys Roger, Zootaxa 2062, pp. 57-64: 60

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.186844

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scientific name

Leptogenys breviceps Viehmeyer, 1914
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Host ant Leptogenys breviceps Viehmeyer, 1914 

( Figs. 16, 17View FIGURES 16 – 17)

Leptogenys  is a large genus of Ponerinae  ants containing about 259 described species ( Bolton et al. 2006) distributed in tropics of all zoogeographic regions. All Leptogenys  species are predators feeding on other arthropods but many species developed different strategies for hunting ( Steghaus-Kovac & Maschwitz 1993). There are only about ten species reported to hunt collectively, exhibiting the legionary behavior. All are known from the tropical Asia and Australia (Queensland) ( Hölldobler & Wilson 1990). The holotype of Leptogenys breviceps  comes from eastern Papua New Guinea (Wareo, Morobe province). This species is considered to be a member of L. processionalis  „group“, containing species with mostly Indo-Malayan distribution ( Wilson 1958 b). Ants related to L. processionalis ( Jerdon, 1851)  are believed to conduct group raides when searching for prey ( Wilson 1958 a). The second author also witnessed group raiding behavior in L. breviceps  during foraging, although predation was not directly observed. The investigated colony of L. breviceps  was nesting in soil in the vicinity of a small pathway through grass undergrowth. The nest had multiple entrance holes and groups of ants were running among them. The surrounding vegetation was as a mixture of abandoned and active gardens, covered by patches of secondary re-growth forest, 5–15 years old. Wilson (1958 b) reported L. breviceps  from a secondary forest, as well as from a primary forest.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Leptogenys

Loc

Leptogenys breviceps Viehmeyer, 1914

Č, Peter Hlavá & Janda, Milan 2009
2009
Loc

L. processionalis (

Jerdon 1851
1851