Metapone emersoni Gregg

Alpert, G. D., 2007, A review of the ant genus Metapone Forel from Madagascar., Advances in ant systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Homage to E. O. Wilson - 50 years of contributions. (Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80), pp. 8-18 : 10

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3503352

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3503352

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/916D3048-8A52-3ABA-380F-8434AECA4A32

treatment provided by

Christiana

scientific name

Metapone emersoni Gregg
status

 

Metapone emersoni Gregg   HNS  

Figures 5, 6, 11, 12, 17, 18

Gregg (1958) described this species and provided an illustration of the petiole and postpetiole in lateral view. Additional figures are provided here of the entire ant for comparison purposes. Gregg based his description on two workers found within a series of termites collected 12 miles from Perinet, Madagascar on June 28, 1935 by Harold Kirby. Kirby attached a locality code T- 4503, his record label T specifying a collection of termites. Many of Kirby's termite collections were later identified to species in a series of papers including Moszkowski's 1955 paper on Malagasy termites. T- 4503 however has never been listed as a locality code for Cryptotermes kirbyi, or any other termite, leaving in question the identification of the host termite for M. emersoni   HNS   . One worker of M. emersoni   HNS   has been collected subsequently from a more northern location, ( Toamasina, P. N. Mantadia , 18° 47' 30" S, 48° 25' 36" E, 895 m, rainforest, 25 Nov- 1 Dec 1998, coll. H. J. Ratsirarson, HJR 020 , CASENT 0003116 , CASC) GoogleMaps   .

A single queen assigned to M. emersoni   HNS   was collected from the Andohahela Special Reserve (24° 46' 35"S, 45° 42' 19" E), in southern Madagascar (P. Rabeson, 4. II. 1993, MCZC). When M. emersoni   HNS   is rediscovered and queens are collected in association with workers, then the status of this single queen can be confirmed GoogleMaps   .

CASC

USA, California, San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences

MCZC

USA, Massachusetts, Cambridge, Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Metapone