Myrmecophilus albicinctus Chopard, 1924

Komatsu, Takashi & Maruyama, Munetoshi, 2016, Taxonomic recovery of the ant cricket Myrmecophilusalbicinctus from M. americanus (Orthoptera, Myrmecophilidae), ZooKeys 589, pp. 97-106: 100-102

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Myrmecophilus albicinctus Chopard, 1924

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Taxon classification Animalia Orthoptera Myrmecophilidae

Myrmecophilus albicinctus Chopard, 1924   sp. rev.

Material examined.

1♀, collected from Koshidake, Iheya-jima, Okinawa, Japan, 5-IV-1996, Inada S.; 2♂, Gusukube-sunagawa, Miyakojima-shi, Miyako-jima, Okinawa, Japan, 8-VI-1996, Inada S.; 1♂ and 1♀, collected from Urasoe, Okinawa-jima, Okinawa, Japan, 24-VII-2007, Komatsu T.; 3♂ and 1♀, Yona, Kunigami-son, Okinawa-jima, Okinawa, Japan, 6-VIII-2007, Komatsu T.; 2♀, Field Studies Centre of the University of Malaya, Ulu Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia, 25-X-2012, Komatsu T.; 3♀, Bogor Botanical Gardens, Jalan Ir. Haji Juanda No.13, 16122, Indonesia, 22-XI-2013, Komatsu M.; 1♂, Andalas University, Jl. Limau Manis, Kecamatan Pauh, Padang, Sumatera Barat 25163, Indonesia, 1-XII-2013, Komatsu M; 1♂, 16 km Point, Kaeng Krachan National Park, Phetchaburi, Thailand, 28-VI-2014, Komatsu T.; 4♂ and 2♀, Jalan Universiti, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28-XI-2005, Komatsu T.; 2♂ and 1♀, Daruma-yama, Kume-jima, Okinawa, Japan, 9-XII-2014, Komatsu T.

Type material.

Paratype 2♂2♀: Pattambi, Molabas Dist., F. H. Gravely V. 30 and Anoplolepis longipes   . (Fig. 3b).


Hind tarsus is relatively long (more than 1 mm, Fig. 5a); male phallic complex with pseudepiphallic ancorae straightly elongate with no dorsal branch. Ventral appendage of pseudepiphallic ancora considerably reduced with both ends angular (Fig. 5b); male tenth abdominal tergite bituberculate, with rich hair and long strong spines (Fig. 5c); female ovipositor closely resembles that of Myrmecophilus americanus   , except the apical valve on the dorsal margin is more rounded in lateral view (Fig. 5d, e).


This species can be clearly discriminated from Myrmecophilus americanus   on the basis of the described diagnostic characteristics. Therefore, we recognize Myrmecophilus albicinctus   as a distinct species.