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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, 1867aMayr, G. 1867a. Adnotationes in monographiam formicidarum Indo-Neerlandicarum. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 10:33-117. [1867] PDF 127217: 94 (diagnosis); Dalla Torre, 1893Dalla Torre, K. W. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. [1893] PDF 124002: 61 (catalogue); Bingham, 1903Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. [1903] PDF 122766: 213 (diagnosis); Emery, 1922cEmery, C. 1922c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174B:95-206. [1922-09-02] PDF 124756: 163 (diagnosis, catalogue); Wheeler, 1922Wheeler, W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. New York: Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 1139. 133015: 1026 (Malagasy catalogue); Chapman & Capco, 1951Chapman, J. W.; Capco, S. R. 1951. Check list of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Asia. Monographs of the Institute of Science and Technology. Manila 1:1-327. [1951] PDF 123583: 135, 169, 174 (Asia Aratromyrmex, Vollenhovia, Dyomorium checklists); Ettershank, 1966Ettershank, G. 1966. A generic revision of the world Myrmicinae related to Solenopsis and Pheidologeton (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 14:73-171. [1966-02] PDF 124845: 146 (diagnosis, review of genus, checklist); Taylor & Brown, 1985Taylor, R. W.; Brown, D. R. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2:1-149, 306-348. [1985] 129218: 92 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987aTaylor, R. W. 1987a. A checklist of the ants of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Entomology Report 41:1-92. [1987-06] PDF 129202: 80 (Australia, New Caledonia checklist); Taylor, 1991db: 612 (Australia species key); Morisita, Kubota, et al. 1992: 48 (Japan species key); Bolton, 1995aBolton, B. 1995a. A taxonomic and zoogeographical census of the extant ant taxa (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Natural History 29:1037-1056. [1995-08] PDF 122859: 1053 (census); Bolton, 1995bBolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. [1995-10] 122860: 422 (catalogue); Wu & Wang, 1995aWu, J.; Wang, C. 1995a. The ants of China. [In Chinese.]. Beijing: China Forestry Publishing House, x + 214 pp. [1995-06] 130487: 106 (China species key); Terayama & Kinomura, 1997Terayama, M.; Kinomura, K. 1997. Taxonomic studies of Japanese Formicidae, part 3. Genus Vollenhovia Mayr. Nature & Human Activities 2:1-8. [1997-09-30] PDF 132444: 1 (Japan species key); Shattuck, 1999Shattuck, S. O. 1999. Australian ants. Their biology and identification. Collingwood, Victoria: CSIRO Publishing, xi + 226 pp. [1999-01] 132308: 171 (Australia synopsis); Terayama, 2009Terayama, M. 2009. A synopsis of the family Formicidae of Taiwan (Insecta: Hymenoptera). Research Bulletin of Kanto Gakuen University. Liberal Arts 17:81-266. [2009] PDF 132431: 147 (Taiwan species key); Sarnat & Economo, 2012Sarnat, E. M.; Economo, E. P. 2012. The ants of Fiji. University of California Publications in Entomology 132:1-384. [2012-09-01] PDF 142254: 144 (Fiji species key); Bharti & Kumar, 2013Bharti, H.; Kumar, R. 2013. A new species of Vollenhovia (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from India with key to known Indian species. Vestnik Zoologii 47(2):179-181. PDF 142530: 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.


Australian Region: Australia, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Queensland, Solomon Islands
Eurasian Region: China, Japan, North Korea
Malagasy Region: Seychelles
Nearctic Region: District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania
Pacific Islands Region: Fiji, Guam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Samoa, Singapore, Tonga, Vanuatu
South East Asia Region: Borneo, India, Myanmar, Nicobar Island, Philippines, 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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