Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2015)
Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)
Fernández, F., 2003:
Adelomyrmex biroi Emery , 1897:590 (w, q); Bolton, 1995:58 [Types not examined].
Worker measurements (n=2). HL 0.54 HW 0.50 SL 0.34 EL 0.03 WL 0.57 GL 0.65 TL 2.21 CI 92 SI 68.
Worker diagnosis: Head longer than broad, with feebly convex posterior and evenly rounded anterior corners. Mandibles with 4 teeth more or less of same size. Mandibles with distinct tooth in their basal margin, at or near midlength. Palp formula 1, 1 (Bolton, com. per.). Anterior margin of the clypeus without tooth. [Hypostomal tooth not observed]. Mesosoma slightly convex. Metanotal groove deep. Lateral sides of pronotum sharply angulated. Propodeal spiracle rounded, large, away from propodeal margin. Propodeum sloping with two stout short spines directed outward and backward, broadly separated between him. Propodeal lobe subtriangular. Petiole with node long. Head, thorax, petiole and postpetiole with numerous punctures, most separated by at least one puncture diameter; some small areas reticulo-punctated: between frontal carinae, in the center of promesonotal area, dorsal one third of propodeum; roughly sculptured on petiole. Several long and flexuous white hairs on body. Scape with several median suberect hairs, each scape with two long flexuous hairs. Body black, gaster dark brown, legs and antennae lighter.
Queen and male: Unknown.
Material examined: PAPUA NEW GUINEA : 2 workers, Wau N, on Bulolo Ridge, B- 278, 650 m , 1974 , S. Peck leg. ( BMNH ).
Comments. Readily separated from most others by sculpture (punctate throughout), teeth number on masticatory border, clypeal teeth absent, angulation of pronotal sides, petiolar shape, propodeal spiracle size, and pilosity on scape.
Specimen Habitat Summary
Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in Rainforest, 1 times found in very deep leaf litter, >10cm some places, 1 times found in riparian forest litter N. bank Ngarmeskang R., 1 times found in same as #3 last time Davis-sifting, 1 times found in some big Phicus trees around, good leaf litter; some birds nest ferns not very strongly agroforest, but a few breadfruit trees around, 1 times found in #1 incidental collections along ridge going north from beach, 1 times found in upland forest litter, SE edge of swamp forest, 1 times found in 2-3 cm leaf litter, part of a dead stump, 1 times found in Davis sifted in secondary forest, except Camponotus; pooted from emergent vegetation, 1 times found in Winkle 1m2 - #3 uphill more; canopy a little shorter, no tree ferns in immediate vicinity; 1-2cm leaf litter, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 8 times davis-sifting; incidental aspirated, 0 times Berlesate, 3 times 1 sq meter leaf litter winkler extraction, 4 times Hand-Collected from 1 square meter of sifted leaf litter, 2 times Winkler, 2 times davis-sifting; incidental aspirated; PB bait
Elevations: collected from 50 - 485 meters, 120 meters average
Type specimens: syntype of Adelomyrmex biroi: casent0904783
See something amiss? Send us an email.