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Species: Meranoplus convexius   Schödl, 2007 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Meranoplus convexius Schödl, 2007: 382, figs. 26, 27, 65, 84 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Oceania: Australia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Schoedl,, 2007, Revision of Australian Meranoplus: the Meranoplus diversus group., Advances in ant systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Homage to E. O. Wilson - 50 years of contributions. (Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80), pp. 370-424

Meranoplus convexius SchoedlHNS sp. n.

(Figs. 26, 27, 65, 84)

HOLOTYPE WORKER. TL 5.55, HL 1.43, HW 1.53, FC 1.23, CS 1.48, SL 0.80, SI 1 52, SI 2 54, PML 1.13, PW 1.38, PMD 1.50, PMI 2 109, ML 1.35, PTLL 0.43, PTLH 0.55, PTDW 0.53, PPLL 0.43, PPLH 0.59, PPI 72, PPDW 0.53, PT / PP 100.

Mandible with three teeth. In full face view the clypeus anteriorly a strongly vaulted, rugulose to carinulate projection, which markedly exceeds the anterolateral frontal corners; with its anterior margin concave and the anterolateral corners acutely directed antero-ventrad. Head only moderately wider than long (CI 107), preoccipital margin shallowly though markedly concave. Frontal carinae sinuately narrowed towards clypeus (FI 124). Antennal scrobe distinctly surpassing middle of lateral sides of head, anteriorly glossy, distinctly transversely carinulate at rear, posteriorly well demarcated from remainder of head. Genae and ventrolateral sides of head rugose, preoccipital lobes reticulate. Eyes small (EL 0.24, REL 0.16, with 15 ommatidia in the longest row), situated in front of middle of lateral sides of head, dorsal ocular margin not reaching ventral scrobal margin. Head in posterior half distinctly reticulate, inbetween ridges of rugo-reticulation shiny.

Promesonotal shield wider than long (PMI 122), rather flat, distinctly translucently margined, provided with well developed projections concealing lateral sides of mesosoma and propodeal declivity, invisible from above. Propodeal spines long in relation to body size (PSL 0.61) situated above middle of length of declivity, robust and acute, moderately diverging and slightly arcuate when seen from above.

Petiole in lateral view higher than long (PTI 77), with anterior face straight, meeting strongly convex posterior face in an acute angle. Postpetiole nodiform with a small antero-basal tooth.

Gaster entirely microreticulate, basally with additional carinulae. Surface covered with evenly distributed pilosity consisting of shorter decumbent and longer more or less erect arcuate stiff hairs.

Distinctly bicolored with the gaster and appendages brown and remainder of body darkbrown.

WORKERS (n = 10). TL 5.78 5.35 - 6.35, HL 1.38 - 1.60, HW 1.48 - 1.83, FC 1.20 - 1.38, FI 123 - 135, CI 106 - 115, CS 1.43 - 1.71, SL 0.75 - 0.84, SI 1 44 - 52, SI 2 47 - 54, PML 1.05 - 1.25, PW 1.30 - 1.53, PMI 120 - 129, PMD 1.40 - 1.63, PMI 2 107 - 111, ML 1.25 - 1.43, PSL 0.58 - 0.68, PTLL 0.40 - 0.48, PTLH 0.55 - 0.64, PTI 65 - 77, PTDW 0.53 - 0.63, PPLL 0.40 - 0.48, PPLH 0.55 - 0.64, PPI 69 - 77, PPDW 0.51 - 0.63, PT / PP 95 - 104, EL 0.22 - 0.26, REL 0.15 - 0.17, with 14 - 17 ommatidia in the longest row.

ETYMOLOGY

The name refers to the strongly vaulted clypeus.

TYPE MATERIAL

Holotype worker, Queensland: ' SEQ: 25 ° 34 ' Sx 151 ° 42 ' E Wetheron , 3 km SW, O / F 27 Jan - 2 Jun 1999 Monteith & Thompson 150 m. pitfall 7718 ' (QMBA). Paratypes. 2 workers, same data as holotype (QMBA, NHMW).

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL EXAMINED

Queensland: Mount Coot-tha , Brisbane , 16. xii. 1956 (B. B. Lowery). New South Wales: 9 km W Rankin Springs , 9. i. 1967 (coll. unknown); 25 km N Dubbo , Eumungerie SF , 9. ix. 1979 (B. B. Lowery); Urana golf links , 12. vi. 1979 (B. B. Lowery); Tallimba , 21. vii. 1979 (B. B. Lowery); 4 mi E Inverell , 22. viii. 1968 (B. B. Lowery); Trundle , 30. xii. 1963 (B. B. Lowery). (57 workers in ANIC, NHMW, QMBA).

DISCUSSION

M. convexiusHNS together with the two following taxa forms a cluster within the diversus-group. They all show a similar clypeal structure but may be separated by the different shape and surface of the promesonotal shield, in addition with the size of the eyes. Distributed from the MurrayDarling Basin to SE Queensland.



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