Current Valid Name: Ooceraea crypta
Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)
Taxon Page Images:
Plate_3_Cerapachys_cryptus. Ecological and geographical distribution in Fiji (Sarnat & Economo, in press).
Distribution: Geographic regions:
Not found on any curated Geolocale/Taxon lists.
Although no collections of C. cryptus
known subsequent to Mann's expedition, malaise trapping has produced a dozen
male specimens from across Viti Levu that closely match the morphology
predicted by the worker caste.
. Cerapachys cryptus,
together with C. fuscior
distinguished from the other lineages of its Fijian congeners by its
9-segmented antennae and vestigial eyes. It is separated from the
aforementioned species by its paler orange color, more broadly attached
subpetiolar tooth, and rougher appearing micropunctate sculpture interspersed
with foveae of smaller diameter. The eyes of C. cryptus
appear entirely absent on most worker specimens, and
only among a few examined is the faintest hint of an ommatidium observed.
Mann, 1921: 408 fig. 1; worker, ergatogyne described. Type
locality: FIJI, Viti Levu, Nadarivatu (W. M. Mann). Syntypes: 9 workers (MCZC,
examined); 67 workers, 1 ergatogyne (USNM, examined). Larva described (Wheeler, 1950). In revision of Melanesian
fauna (Wilson, 1959).
Mann W.M. (1921) The ants of the Fiji Islands. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 64, 401-499.Sarnat, E.M. & Economo, E.P. (In Press) Ants of Fiji. University of California Publications in Entomology.
Wheeler G.C. (1950) Ant larvae of the subfamily Cerapachyinae. Psyche (Cambridge) 57, 102-113.
Wilson E.O. (1959) Studies on the ant fauna of Melanesia. 5. The tribe Cerapachyini. Pacific Insects 1, 39-57.
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