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Species: Prionopelta majuscula   Emery, 1897 

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Prionopelta nominata

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Prionopelta majuscula Emery, 1897c PDF: 595 (w.q.) NEW GUINEA. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Junior synonym of Prionopelta nominata: syn. n. (unpublished). [See note under Prionopelta nominata.].
See also: Shattuck, 2008B PDF: 27.

Distribution:

  Geographic regions: Not found on any curated Geolocale/Taxon lists.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Shattuck, S. O., 2008, Revision of the ant genus Prionopelta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Indo-Pacific region., Zootaxa 1846, pp. 21-34

Prionopelta majuscula EmeryHNS

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Ponera simillima F. SmithHNS, 1860: 105 (junior primary homonym of Ponera simillima SmithHNS, F. 1860: 104; combination in Rhopalopone by Emery, 1900: 311).

Prionopelta majuscula EmeryHNS, 1897: 595.

Prionopelta poultoni DonisthorpeHNS, 1932: 462 (replacement name for Ponera simillima SmithHNS, F. 1860: 105; junior synonym of P majusculaHNS by Brown, 1953: 12).

Renea testacea DonisthorpeHNS, 1947: 183 (queen described by Donisthorpe, 1948: 590; junior synonym of P. majusculaHNS by Brown, 1953: 12).

Examblyopone churchilli DonisthorpeHNS, 1949: 401 (junior synonym of P. majusculaHNS by Brown, 1951: 102).

Types. Ponera simillima F. SmithHNS: Holotype queen from New Guinea (BMNH, not examined). Prionopelta majuscula EmeryHNS: Worker and queen syntypes from Beliao, Madang, Papua New Guinea (as Friedrich-Wilhelmshafen) (MSNG, not examined). Renea testacea DonisthorpeHNS: Worker and male syntypes from New Guinea (BMNH, CASC, examined). Examblyopone churchilli DonisthorpeHNS: Holotype and paratype queens from New Guinea (BMNH (holotype), CASC, examined).

Diagnosis. Anterolateral corners of head, near mandibular insertions, generally rounded or at most with a very small, obscure tooth on each side. Dorsal mesosomal sculpturing reduced to minor irregularities. Size intermediate, head width between 0.49mm and 0.58mm.

Description. Anterolateral corners of head, near mandibular insertions, generally rounded and lacking a tooth but occasionally with a very small, obscure tooth on each side. Dorsal mesosomal sculpturing reduced to minor irregularities consisting of fine punctuations. Lateral mesosomal sculpturing weakly developed on pronotum and anterior and ventral region of mesopleuron, dorsal region of mesopleuron and majority of propodeum smooth. Fenestra present within subpetiolar process. Colour pale yellow, queens sometimes yellow-brown.

Measurements. (n=5) CI 78-81; HL 0.61-0.69; HW 0.50-0.56; ML 0.74-0.79; PetL 0.18-0.20; PetW 0.25-0.29; PI 138-155; SI 61-66; SL 0.32-0.34; T 1W 0.36-0.43.

Material examined (in ANIC unless otherwise noted). Indonesia: Irian Jaya: Biak I., Kampong Landbouw(Gressitt,J.L.) (ANIC, MCZC); Cyclops Mts., Ifaar (Gressitt,J.L.) (MCZC); Maffin Baai (as Maffin Bay) (Ross,E.S.) (MCZC). Papua New Guinea: East Sepik: Wewak (Gressitt,J.L.) (MCZC); Madang: Uho Village, 20km SW Madang (Anderson,R.S.) (CASC); Milne Bay: Wakaiuna, Sewa Bay, Normanby I. (Brandt,W.W.) (MCZC); Morobe: 13mi. W Lae (Emerson,A.); Lasanga Is. (Fanning,I.); lower Busu River, Huon Pen. (Wilson,E.O.) (MCZC); N Solomons: Sohano (Kerruish,J.); Sohano, Bougainville (Kerruish,J.); New Britain: Keravat Ptn. (Gray,B. & Alikana); Western: Kiunga (Balogh,J.) (MCZC). Solomon Islands: Kolombangara, Base camp (Roy.Soc.Exped.Brit.Mus.1966-1); Kolombangara, near Kuzi (Lawrence,P.N.); Guadalcanal: Umasani R. (Greenslade,P.J.M.).

Comments. This species has been found in rainforests and on coral limestone on New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Nests have been found in rotten wood. All Solomon Islands records are based on queens (no workers are yet known).



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