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Species: Plagiolepis madecassa   Forel, 1892 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2015)

Plagiolepis pygmaea r. madecassa Forel, 1892o: 241 (w.) MADAGASCAR. Malagasy. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Forel, 1895d PDF: 245 (q.m.).
Raised to species: Forel, 1892l PDF: 519.


Mauritius: Calebasses, Corps de Garde, Le Pouce – Rodrigues. Endemic to the Malagasy Subregion. Recorded from the Seychelles (Inner Seychelles, Amirantes, Aldabra), Comores (Mayotte) and Madagascar.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Forel, A., 1892:
[[ worker ]]. Cette forme merite d'etre elevee au rang d'espece et d'etre separee de la P. pygmaea . Sa taille est plus svelte que celle de la pygmaea , et le milieu du mesonotum est tres distinctement etrangle, de sorte que sa portion posterieure, jointe aux stigmates postmesonotaux est aussi longue que sa portion anterieure situee devant l'etranglement. Les yeux sont aussi situes au tiers anterieur de la tete et la ponctuation piligere du thorax et de la tete est bien plus distincte que chez la pygmaea . L'abdomen a quelques soies rousses, grossieres, arrangees un peu en series.
Meme localite que les especes precedentes, chez les termites de terre. Les exemplaress du Mangoro sont presque hoirs, luisants, plus fonces que ceux d'Andrangoloaka.

Forel,A., 1907:
[[ worker ]]. Fundnotizen: Andranohinaly (Madagaskar) und Ste. Marie de Madagascar etc.

Forel, A., 1895:
[[ queen ]]. - L. 2,5 mill. - Ailes plus courtes que chez la P. pygmaea , hyalines (un peu teintees de brunatre chez la P. pygmaea ). Memes differences d'avec la P. pygmaea que chez l'ouvriere.
([[ male ]]. - L. 1,25 mill. - Ailes hyalines, de la longueur du corps (teintees de brunatre et bien plus longues que le corps chez la P. pygmaea ). Tete presque aussi longue que large (bien plus large chez P. pygmaea ). Pattes, scapes et premier article du funicule jaunatres; le reste brunatre.

Forel, A., 1912:
[[ worker ]]. Seychelles: Silhouette, terrains bas, et Mare aux Cochons; Praslin; Mahe, Anonyme Island; Felicite.
Deja trouvee a l'ile Desroches (Amirantes).

Emery, C., 1894:
- Mahe. Impossible a distinguer du type de Madagascar.

Forel, A., 1904:
Madagascar merid., 4 [[ worker ]], 1899 (Sikora!).

Forel, A., 1907:
[[ worker ]]. He Desroches. Espece malgache.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 28 times found in urban/garden, 27 times found in grassland, 36 times found in spiny forest/thicket, 18 times found in coastal scrub, 22 times found in tropical dry forest, 14 times found in rainforest, 18 times found in montane rainforest, 10 times found in secondary thicket and diverse vegetation, 7 times found in Uapaca woodland, 7 times found in coastal roadside, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 13 times beating low vegetation, 16 times MW 50 sample transect, 5m, 13 times Beat 25 sample transect, 10m, beating low vegetation, 14 times Malaise trap, 9 times pitfall trap, PF 50 traps, 11 cm dbh with water, soap, formalin, nonlinear placement, 1 times 10 Maxiwinks, 4 times MW 25 sample transect, 5m, 1 times 9 maxi winks, 2 times 9 MaxiWinks, mixed samples, 2 times SD 20 digging sample transect, 10m, 2 times MW 20 sample transect, 10m, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 1984 meters, 500 meters average

Type specimens:

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