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Genus: Vollenhovia   Mayr, 1865 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2016)

Extant: 59 species, 18 subspecies

Fossil: 3 species

Vollenhovia Mayr, 1865 PDF: 21 . Type-species: Vollenhovia punctatostriata, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Genus Vollenhovia references
Mayr, 1867a PDF: 94 (diagnosis); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 61 (catalogue); Bingham, 1903 PDF: 213 (diagnosis); Emery, 1922c PDF: 163 (diagnosis, catalogue); Wheeler, 1922: 1026 (Malagasy catalogue); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 135, 169, 174 (Asia Aratromyrmex, Vollenhovia, Dyomorium checklists); Ettershank, 1966 PDF: 146 (diagnosis, review of genus, checklist); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 92 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 80 (Australia, New Caledonia checklist); Taylor, 1991db: 612 (Australia species key); Morisita, Kubota, et al. 1992: 48 (Japan species key); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1053 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 422 (catalogue); Wu & Wang, 1995a: 106 (China species key); Terayama & Kinomura, 1997 PDF: 1 (Japan species key); Shattuck, 1999: 171 (Australia synopsis); Terayama, 2009 PDF: 147 (Taiwan species key); Sarnat & Economo, 2012 PDF: 144 (Fiji species key); Bharti & Kumar, 2013 PDF: 181 (India species key).

Taxon Page Images:

Vollenhovia emeryi colonies contain many laying queens. This photograph shows two, with workers and pupae. Washington, DC, USA.
Image © Alex Wild.


Region: Australia, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Queensland, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
Region: China, Japan, North Korea
Region: Seychelles
Region: District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, United States
Region: Fiji, Guam, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Samoa, Tonga
Region: Port of Entry, Tree of Life
Region: Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Borneo, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nicobar Island, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Xishuangbanna

Taxon Page Author History

On 2013-08-26 07:29:31 Zach Lieberman modified Images
On 2013-08-26 07:29:09 Zach Lieberman modified Images

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Eguchi, K., Viet, B. T. & Yamane, S., 2011, Generic synopsis of the Formicidae of Vietnam (Insecta: Hymenoptera), Part I - Myrmicinae and Pseudomyrmicinae., Zootaxa 2878, pp. 1-61

Vollenhovia MayrHNS, 1865

Taxonomy. The genus VollenhoviaHNS is assigned to the tribe StenamminiHNS (Bolton 2003). Workers of Vietnamese species have the following features.

Worker monomorphic; head in full-face view subrectangular; frontal carina and antennal scrobe absent; median portion of clypeus raised, laterally margined with a slight to conspicuous longitudinal carina; anteromedian portion often forming a transverse strip; an isolated median seta absent; posteromedian portion relatively narrowly inserted between frontal lobes; lateral portion of clypeus never modified into a distinct ridge or wall in front of antennal insertion; mandible triangular; masticatory margin with 6 or more teeth; antennae 11- or 12-segmented, with 3-segmented club; eye always present, small to medium sized; mesosoma in lateral view long and low; promesonotum in lateral view usually not domed; promesonotal suture absent dorsally; metanotal groove weakly to slightly impressed dorsally; posterodorsal portion of propodeum with rounded corners or small teeth; propodeal lobe present as carina or low lamella; petiole nodiform; anterior peduncle short and obscure; posterodorsal margin of petiole produced posterodorsad as a rim which is distinctly (or at least a little) higher than the dorsal outline of helcium of petiole when waist segments stretched posteriad; subpetiolar process usually (but not always) developed as a large lamella; gastral shoulder absent.

The worker of VollenhoviaHNS is easily separated from those of other known Vietnamese myrmicine genera by the flattened body and the posterodorsal margin of petiole produced as a rim.

Vietnamese species. Seven species have been recognized by us from Vietnam: sp. eg-1 [= sp. 40 and sp. 54 of SKY: Eguchi et al., 2005] (Cuc Phuong, Sa Pa, Tam Dao, Tay Yen Tu); sp. eg-2 [= sp. 34 of SKY: Eguchi et al., 2005] (Ba Vi, Chua Yen Tu, Sa Pa, Pu Mat, Tam Dao, Tay Yen Tu, Van Ban); sp. eg-5 [= sp. 36 of SKY: Eguchi et al., 2005] (Ba Vi); sp. eg-6 (Chua Yen Tu); sp. eg-7 [= sp. 39 of SKY: Eguchi et al., 2005] (Ba Vi, Chua Yen Tu, Cuc Phuong, Tam Dao, Tay Yen Tu); sp. eg-8 (Pu Mat, Nam Cat Tien); sp. eg-9 (Nam Cat Tien).

Bionomics. VollenhoviaHNS species usually inhabit forest habitats and nest in rotting twigs, wood fragments and logs, and in spaces under the bark of logs.

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