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Species: Meranoplus tricuspidatus   Schödl, 2007 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Meranoplus tricuspidatus Schödl, 2007: 395, figs. 18, 19, 61, 87 (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 tricuspidatus SchoedlHNS sp. n.

(Figs. 18, 19, 61, 87)

HOLOTYPE WORKER. TL 6.05, HL 1.54, HW 1.63, FC 1.25, CS 1.58, SL 0.83, SI 1 51, SI 2 52, PML 1.20, PW 1.43, PMD 1.63, PMI 2 114, ML 1.48, PTLL 0.43, PTLH 0.63, PTDW 0.58, PPLL 0.45, PPLH 0.64, PPI 71, PPDW 0.55, PT / PP 105.

Mandible with four teeth. Clypeus in full face view surpassing anterolateral frontal corners, acutely bidentate, with an additional short acute medial denticle, accompanied by a low crest. Head only moderately wider than long (CI 106), rear margin shallowly concave. Frontal carinae evenly and rather broadly narrowing towards clypeus (FI 130). Antennal scrobe in lateral view surpassing middle of length of head posteriorly, distinctly transversely carinulate in posterior half, with additional microreticulation, posteriorly distinctly demarcated from remainder of head. Genae rugose, ventrolateral sides of head rugoreticulate, preoccipital lobes reticulate. Compound eyes of moderate size (EL 0.27, REL 0.18, with 16 ommatidia in the longest row) in lateral view situated in front of middle of lateral sides of head, dorsal ocular margin not reaching ventral scrobal margin.

Promesonotum wider than long (PMI 119), outline broadly translucently flanged, concealing lateral sides of mesosoma and propodeal declivity. Propodeal spines relatively short (PSL 0.51), acute and slightly arcuate and diverging, when seen in dorsal view.

Petiole distinctly higher than long (PTI 68), in profile with anterior face straight and unsculptured, posterior face convex, distinctly and regularly costate. Postpetiole elongately nodiform, with ventral medium sized tooth, rugose throughout.

First gastral tergite with dense microreticulum, basally with additional carinulae, with relatively short stiff decumbent and additional longer erect hairs. Dorsum of head longitudinally costulate anteriorly, posteriorly distinctly reticulate, interspaces with additional distinct microreticulum, with short decumbent hairs and longer stiff erect differently sized pilosity. Promesonotal shield rugoreticulate, pilosity similar to that of head.

Brown to fuscous with the gaster, legs and antennae slightly brighter.

WORKERS (n = 6). TL 4.75 - 6.05, HL 1.23 - 1.54, HW 1.33 - 1.63, FC 0.98 - 1.25, FI 129 - 137], CI 106 - 109, CS 1.28 - 1.58, SL 0.67 - 0.83, SI 1 50 - 52, SI 2 52 - 55, PML 0.93 - 1.20, PW 1.18 - 1.43, PMI 118 - 127, PMD 1.33 - 1.63, PMI 2 109 - 114, ML 1.15 - 1.48, PSL 0.48 - 0.55, PTLL 0.35 - 0.43, PTLH 0.50 - 0.63, PTI 68 - 77, PTDW 0.46 - 0.58, PPLL 0.36 - 0.45, PPLH 0.48 - 0.64, PPI 68 - 76, PPDW 0.45 - 0.55, PT / PP 100 - 105, EL 0.21 - 0.27, REL 0.16 - 0.18, with 13 - 17 ommatidia in the longest row

ETYMOLOGY

The name refers to the tridentate clypeal projection.

TYPE MATERIAL

Holotype worker, Queensland: ' Qld. Cape Upstart 21. xi. 1980 BBLowery Cleared ground \ ANIC ANTS VIAL 68.198 ' (ANIC). Paratypes. 8 workers, same data as holotype; 12 workers, ' Qld. Cape Upstart Mt Ayr 21. xi. 1980 BBLowery flat sea level \ ANIC ANTS VIAL 67 '. (ANIC, NHMW).

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL EXAMINED

Queensland: Emerald , 15. xii. 1972 (B. B. Lowery); Moonie , 60 mls N Goondiwindi , 4. i. 1965 (B. B. Lowery); N of Bowen , xi. 1957 (Darlington); Allinga , Chinchilla , 31. vii. 1986 (G. Lithgow). Northern Territory: Kunnoth Polk nr. Alice Springs , x. 1974 & 24. - 26. ix. 1980 (P. J. M. Greenslade). (13 workers, 1 gyne in ANIC, MCZC, NHMW, QMBA).

DISCUSSION

Superficially this taxon somewhat resembles M. wilsoniHNS and M. marsHNS, but is readily separated by the clypeus and, in addition by the translucently margined promesonotal shield.

Paratypes and additional other material from Queensland resemble the type. Specimens from Northern Territory show a slightly longer and thinner pilosity and the dorsal surface of the head is shiny with the microsculpture less developed. Known from coastal and south-central Queensland, with a single sample taken at Alice Springs. The disjunct occurrence of M. tricuspidatusHNS most likely is only due to the lack of additional samples. This gap might be closed as soon as new material shows up.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in flat sea level.

Type specimens: paratype of Meranoplus tricuspidatus: casent0919725



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