Rasopone politognatha

Longino, John T. & Branstetter, Michael G., 2020, Phylogenomic Species Delimitation, Taxonomy, and ‘ Bird Guide’ Identification for the Neotropical Ant Genus Rasopone (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Insect Systematics and Diversity 4 (2), No. 1, pp. 1-33: 26

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.1093/isd/ixaa004

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:0DE2398D-199F-40A7-8207-91148630CD76

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3847142

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/C0B95FEC-48C6-468C-8E08-46D429972551

taxon LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:act:C0B95FEC-48C6-468C-8E08-46D429972551

treatment provided by

Felipe

scientific name

Rasopone politognatha
status

New Species

Rasopone politognatha   New Species

( Fig. 9 View Fig ; Supp Figs. S28 and S29 [online only])

(Zoobank LSID: urn:lsid:zoobank.org:act:C0B95FEC-48C6-468C-8E08-46D429972551 )

HOLOTYPE: 1 worker, Guatemala, Zacapa: 2 km SE La Unión , 14.95442 −89.27697 ± 50 m, 1,430 m, 12-v-2009, cloud forest, ex sifted leaf litter, LLAMA, Wa-B-03-2-08 [ CAS, unique specimen identifier CASENT0612523] GoogleMaps   . PARATYPES: same data as holotype except 14.95448 −89.27704 ± 50 m, 1,430 m, Wa-B-03-2-06 [1 worker, UNAM, CASENT0612522] GoogleMaps   ; 14.95454 −89.27711 ± 50 m, 1,430 m, Wa-B-03-2-04 [1 dealate queen, CAS, CASENT0612518] GoogleMaps   ; 14.9546 −89.27718 ± 50 m, 1,430 m, Wa-B-03-2-02 [1 worker, MCZC, CASENT0612516; 1 worker, UCD, CASENT0612517] GoogleMaps   ; 3.5 km SE La Union , 14.95 −89.26667 ±?, 1,500 m, 4-v-1991, cloud forest, forest litter, R. S. Anderson, RSA 91-050 [1 worker, UVGC, CASENT0603718]   ; 6-v-1991, RSA 91-053 [1 worker, USNM, CASENT0603251]   .

Geographic range. Mexico (Chiapas) to Nicaragua.

Diagnosis

Montane; mandible smooth and shiny; anterior clypeal margin truncate; side of head bare; petiolar node weakly tapering, subcuboidal. Three species are within geographic and size range of R. politognatha   :

Rasopone ferruginea   ( Fig. 11 View Fig ; Supp Figs. S12 View Fig and S 13 View Fig [online only]): mandible striate; anterior clypeal margin sinuous; petiole more scale-like.

Rasopone guatemalensis   ( Fig. 8 View Fig ; Supp Figs. S14 and S15 [online only]): petiole more scale-like; head narrower (mean CI 86 vs 92).

Rasopone subcubitalis   ( Fig. 10 View Fig ; Supp Fig. S32 [online only]): mandible striate.

Measurements, worker: HW 1.16 (1.10–1.24, 12); HL 1.27 (1.20– 1.36, 12); SL 0.95 (0.87–0.99, 11); PTH 0.78 (0.71–0.82, 10); PTL 0.43 (0.40–0.47, 10); CI 92 (88–96, 12); SI 82 (79–86, 11); PTI 56 (52–60, 10).

Measurements, queen: HW 1.17, HL 1.28, SL 0.98, PTL 0.45, PTH 0.81, CI 91, SI 83, PTI 55 (n = 1).

Biology

This species occurs in cloud forest habitats, with records from 1,200 to 1,550 m elevation. All collections are workers and, in one case, a dealate queen in Winkler or Berlese samples of forest floor litter and rotten wood.

Comments

UCE and COI data support the delimitation of this species.

CAS

California Academy of Sciences

UNAM

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

UCD

University of California, Davis

R

Departamento de Geologia, Universidad de Chile

UVGC

Collecion de Artropodos

USNM

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Rasopone