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Species: Pristomyrmex punctatus   (Smith, 1860) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Myrmica punctata Smith, 1860b PDF: 108 (w.) INDONESIA (Batjan I.). Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Wang, 2003 PDF: 412 (ergatoid q.).
Combination in Pristomyrmex: Mayr, 1886c PDF: 361.
Senior synonym of Pristomyrmex pungens (and its junior synonym Pristomyrmex japonicus): Wang, 2003 PDF: 410.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Asia: China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Palearctic
  Native to (according to species list records):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Palearctic bioregions

Distribution Notes:

Islands of Leyte, Marinduque, Mindanao, Mindoro, Pacijan, Samar

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Zettel, H., 2006, On the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Philippine Islands: I. The genus Pristomyrmex Mayr, 1866., Myrmecologische Nachrichten 8, pp. 59-68

Pristomyrmex punctatusHNS (F. Smith, 1860)

Material examined: Marinduque: 1 km N Sihi, Malinao Spring, 16.11.1998, leg. H. Zettel (# 139), 1 [worker] (NHMW). Camote s: Pacijan Island, San Francisco, Northern Poblacion, Lake Danao, 27.11.2001, leg. H. Zettel (# 281), 1 [worker] (CZW); Leyte: Leyte Prov., Hilusig, 14.II.2000, leg. H. Zettel (# 238), 1 [worker] (CZW). Bohol: Loboc, bank of Loboc River at Loboc Falls, 27.XI.2005, leg. C. Pangantihon (# P424a), 23 [worker] (CZW, NHMW); same locality and date, leg. H. Zettel (# 424a), 4 [worker] (NHMW). Mindanao: Surigao del Norte, 40 km S Surigao, Songkoy Spring, 8.II.2000, leg. H. Zettel (# 231), 16 [worker] (CZW); same locality and date, leg. S. Schoedl (# 11), 6 [worker] (NHMW); Surigao del Norte, SW Bacuag, Payapag, "Little Baguio" Waterfalls, 6.II.2000, leg. H. Zettel (# 228), 1 [worker] (CZW).

Diagnosis of worker: TL 2.6 - 3.3 mm. Lateral portions of clypeus reduced. Masticatory margin of mandible with diastema, basal margin with or without inconspicuous tooth. Dorsum of head and alitrunk rugoreticulate. Pronotal spines absent, propodeal spines long. Petiole with peduncle not clearly separated from node. Tibiae brown or reddish.

Previous records from the Philippines: Mindoro Occidental (San Jose ), Samar (without further information), Mindanao: Agusan (Talacogon) (Wang 2003).

General distribution: southern and central China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Borneo, Philippines, New Guinea (Wang 2003).

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 8 times found in Rubber plantation, 4 times found in 2nd Generation Rubber plantation, 2 times found in rainforest edge, 1 times found in Botanical garden forest, 1 times found in primary rain forest, 1 times found in Young rain forest, 1 times found in Botanical garden, 1 times found in mixed warm temperate forest, fungi on mossy logs, 1 times found in Port of entry.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times on vegetation, 1 times on low vegetation, 1 times under rock, 1 times on Malus sylvestris.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 8 times m2 Winkler sifting, 5 times Random coll. Winkler sifting, 3 times Hand collection, 1 times search, 1 times Site 11, 1 times Berlese.

Elevations: collected from 180 - 820 meters, 611 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Pristomyrmex punctatus: casent0901379; syntype of Pristomyrmex japonicus: casent0908957

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