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Species: Meranoplus vestigator   Smith, 1876 

Classification:
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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Meranoplus vestigator Smith, 1876d PDF: 610, pl. 11, fig. 8 (w.) INDONESIA (Matabello I.). AntCat AntWiki HOL

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Asia: Indonesia
    Oceania: Papua New Guinea
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Smith, F., 1876, Descriptions of new species of Cryptoceridae, belonging to the genera Cryptocerus, Meranoplus and Cataulacus., Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 9, pp. 603-612

2. Meranoplus vestigatorHNS.

Worker. - Length 2 3 / 4 lines. Head, thorax and legs brown-black; abdomen black. Head subglobose, shining, and with a few irregular carinae; antennae reddish-brown, palest at the apex. Thorax short, not longer than the head, longitudinally rugose-striate; the anterior margin arched, the lateral angles acute and subdentate; narrowed posteriorly; the metathorax with two long acute spines; the legs pale at the base of the femora; the tarsi pale rufo-testaceous. Abdomen heart-shaped, smooth, shining, and with scattered erect setae; the first node of the peduncle wedge-shaped, the second subglobose, both rugose. (Fig. 8, [[ worker ]]. Pl. XI.)

Hab. - Matabello, Eastern Archipelago.

Type in the British Museum.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in rainforest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times ground forager(s).

Elevations: collected from 10 - 150 meters, 80 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype of Meranoplus vestigator: casent0902036



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