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Species: Meranoplus inermis   Emery, 1895 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Meranoplus inermis Emery, 1895i PDF: 41, pl. 2, fig. 24 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Subspecies of Meranoplus nanus: Wheeler, 1922: 888.
Status as species: Bolton, 1981a PDF: 52.

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Bolton 1981a

Notes:

Caste of types: (w)

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Emery, C., 1895, Voyage de M. E. Simon dans l'Afrique australe (janvier-avril 1893). 3 e mémoire. Formicides., Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 64, pp. 15-56

M. inermisHNS, n. sp.

- (Pl. 2, fig. 24). - [[ worker ]]. Fusca, thorace pedibusque dilutioribus, copiose, hand longe pilosa, capite thoraceque grosse reticulatis, minus nitidis, abdomine, excepto pedunculo, nitidissima, punctato, pro-mesonoti disco transverso, angulis anticis acutis, postice obtuse 6 - lobato, metanoto sine spinis, pedunculi nodis cuneiformibus. - Long. 2 - 2 1 / 4 mill. - Makapan.

Extremement voisin de M. nanusHNS Andre, dont il est surtout distinct par. l'absence des epines du metanotum. Le disque pro-mesonotal est un peu plus court, les festons de son bord posterieur moins saillants. La sculpture et la pubescence sont identiques. Les n oe uds du pedicule sont encore plus squamiformes.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 5 times found in rainforest, 3 times found in Urban garden in grassland, 2 times found in rainforest, marsh clearing, 2 times found in Shade coffee, 2 times found in dry forest, 2 times found in Acacia Closed Woodland (in Sekhukhune Plains Bushveld), 2 times found in Coffee/Banana, 1 times found in Combretum erythrophyllum Riverine Woodland (in Sekhukhune Mountain Bushveld), 1 times found in grassland, 1 times found in secondary forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 3 times ex soil, 2 times leaf litter, 1 times sifted litter, 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 1 times pitfall trap, 1 times Kakamega 2007 survey, leaf litter.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 7 times Pitfall trap, 4 times Pitfall, Baits, Litter sieving/Winkler, Aspirator, 3 times EC32 sweeping, 2 times Hand, 1 times Winkler, 1 times Hand collected, 1 times MW 50 sample transect, 5m, 1 times pitfall trap, PF 25 cup sample transect, 10m, 1 times pitfall trap, Transect 21 50m.

Elevations: collected from 100 - 2163 meters, 920 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype of Meranoplus kiboshana: casent0922233; Holotype of Meranoplus nanus nanior: casent0922231; Paratype: sam-ent-011683; syntype of Meranoplus inermis: casent0904681; syntype of Meranoplus nanus soriculus: casent0902019, casent0902071; syntype of Meranoplus nanus kiboshana: casent0908929; type of Meranoplus nanus subsp. nanior: focol1937, focol1938, focol1939



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