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Species: Acropyga lauta   Mann, 1919 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Acropyga (Rhizomyrma) lauta Mann, 1919 PDF: 365 (w.q.) SOLOMON IS. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

See also: LaPolla, 2004 PDF: 65.

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Oceania: Fiji, Solomon Islands
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Oceania

Biology:

In Fiji:
In the most recent survey, Acropyga lauta was only collected from a single locality in Vanua Levu, where workers were found in the soil while excavating a Pheidole nest. During review of museum specimens at the NMNH, we found collections from Kadavu made by Mann that were apparently overlooked in his monograph. The Fiji specimens are larger than those from other populations of the species (LaPolla, pers. comm.). Acropyga lauta is one of four ant species on Fiji currently known to occur on only a single additional island archipelago in the Pacific.
 
In the Solomons, A. lauta is reported as being trophophoretic (Johnson et al., 2001), and has been associated with the mealybugs Eumyrmoccus kolobangarae and E. kusiacus (LaPolla, 2004). The species is tentatively placed in the myops group by LaPolla, with the caveat that the torulae are more closely set than in the other species of this group. Acropyga lauta and Acropyga sp. FJ02 are most similar in morphology to A. kinomurai (Japan) and A. sauteri (Taiwan).

References:

Sarnat & EcoSarnat, E.M. & Economo, E.P. (In Press) Ants of Fiji. University of California Publications in Entomology

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in primary rainforest, 1 times found in River bank, 1 times found in Stony river bank.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times In soil, 1 times nesting under stone, 0 times Logs, 0 times Litter, 1 times In & under stick, with nest aphids, 1 times Under stones, 1 times Rotten log.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times H.

Elevations: collected from 53 - 914 meters, 421 meters average

Type specimens:



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