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Species: Anochetus goodmani

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2014)

Anochetus goodmani Fisher & Smith, 2008 PDF: 6, figs. 2e-h (w.q.) MADAGASCAR. Malagasy. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Fisher, B. L., 2008:
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Figures: worker 2e,f; queen 2g,h; map 6a
Worker measurements: maximum and minimum based on all specimens, n= 15, (holotype): HL 1.77-2.01 (1.92), HW 1.55- 1.81 (1.77), CI 86-92 (92), EL 0.35-0.43 (0.42), ML 1.04-1.15 (1.11), MI 56-66 (58), SL 1.68-1.97 (1.79) SI 101-109 (101), WL 2.52-2.89 (2.66), FL 1.85-2.17 (2.03), PW 0.92-1.06 (1.01).
Queen (ergatoid) measurements: maximum and minimum based on n = 5. HL 1.62-1.79, HW 1.49-1.65, CI 91-93, EL 0.37-0.41, ML 0.92-1.02, MI 55-59, SL 1.56-1.71, SI 99- 106, WL 2.33-2.55, FL 1.77-1.91, PW 0.88-0.99.
Worker Diagnosis: Blade of mandible with five teeth and denticles located at the distal halfofthe blade length. Petiole dorsal margin without spines. In front view, the dorsal petiolar margin flat with lateral margin rounded (Fig. 6b). Pilosity, sculpture as in Figures 2e,f.
The species is most similar to A. boltoni but can be easily distinguished by its petiole node without apical spines.
No winged queens are known. Ergatoid queens were collected at six localities. In four of the collections, three ergatoid queens were collected in the same locality. They are very similar in size and shape to workers (Figs 2g,h), and have no ocelli (Fig. 2g). Males are not known.
Distribution and biology. A. goodmani is endemic to Madagascar and is widespread in northern and western parts of the island. It has been collected in dry forest and rainforest as low as 30 m in altitude and also in montane rainforest at the altitude 960 m on Montagne d'Ambre (Fig. 6a), most frequently under stones (12 collections) and sifted litter (7), but also at light (1), beating low vegetation (3), rot pocket (1), in rotten log (6), ground foragers (1), ground nest (9), Malaise trap (1), on low vegetation (1), and pitfall traps (4).
CO1. Average iIntraspecific sequence divergence of 6.37%. There is strong geographic coherence in the divergence patterns (Figs 9, 15, Table 2) with deep divergences occurring between separate regions isolated by habitat and mountains.
Diagnostic barcoding loci. A. goodmani : Y-231 ( madagascarensis and grandidieri A; boltoni and pattersoni T), W-233 (all others A), RWR-368-370 (others are all ATG), Y-541 (others are all T), R-543 (others are all A), W-546 (others are all T), W-585 (others are all T), M-634 (others are all C). RWCW-42-45 & WTTAG-66-70 (this distinguishes goodmani from all (including boltoni ) except some madagascarensis ), & GT-83-84 ( madagascarensis is TA).
Discussion. Anochetus goodmani is characterized by extreme divergence within the barcode region. To date, sequencing complementary nuclear markers has provided some degree of support for the deepest CO1 divergences (between the north and south-west of Madagascar) as being separate species. Importantly however, ITS1 sequences as divergent have been produced from the same individual (Appendix S1 and Table 3). Although CO1 supports more than one operational unit within A. goodmani the hypothesis of cryptic species in relatively isolated environments requires further evidence with less ambiguity.
Additional material examined for Anochetus goodmani : In addition to the type material, specimens from 56additional collecting events from the following 18 localities were examined in this study.MADAGASCAR : Province Antsiranana : Montagne des Francais , 7.2 km 142° SE Antsiranana ;Parc National Montagne d'Ambre ;Reserve Speciale de l'Ankarana , 13.6 km 192° SSW Anivorano Nord ;Reserve Speciale de l'Ankarana , 22.9 km 224° SW Anivorano Nord ;Foret d'Ampondrabe, 26.3 km 10° NNE Daraina ;Foret d' Andavakoera , 21.4 km 75° ENE Ambilobe ; 4.6 km 356° NBetsiaka ;Foret d' Antsahabe , 11.4 km 275° WDaraina ;Foret de Binara , 7.5 km 230° SW Daraina ;Ampasindava, Foret d'Ambilanivy , 3.9 km 181° SAmbaliha ;Foret d'Anabohazo , 21.6 km 247° WSW Maromandia ;Reserve Speciale de Bemarivo , 23.8 km 223° SW Besalampy ;Parc National Tsingy de Bemaraha , 10.6 km ESE 123° Antsalova ;Parc National Tsingy de Bemaraha , 2.5 km 62 ° ENE Bekopaka , Ankidrodroa River ;Parc National Tsingy de Bemaraha , 3.4 km 93° EBekopaka , Tombeau Vazimba .Province Toliara : Parc National de Kirindy Mite , 16.3 km 127° SE Belo sur Mer .
Figure 8. Anochetus males, terminalia, lateral view. A, boltoni CASENT0063847. B, grandidieri CASENT0080660. B, madagascarensis CASENT0063421. D, pattersoni CASENT0172617. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001787.g008

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 42 times found in tropical dry forest, 13 times found in rainforest, 2 times found in tropical dry forest on Tsingy, 1 times found in tsingy

Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 9 times MW 50 sample transect, 5m, 5 times pitfall trap, PF 50 traps, 11 cm dbh with water, soap, formalin, nonlinear placement, 3 times Malaise trap, 1 times MW 25 sample transect, 5m, 2 times beating low vegetation, 1 times winkler app., 1 times at light, 1 times Beat 25 sample transect, 10m, beating low vegetation, 1 times general collecting

Elevations: collected from 30 - 960 meters, 288 meters average

Type specimens: holotype: casent0498309; paratype: casent0006944, casent0006945, casent0104548, casent0498310, casent0498311

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