Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2013)
Taxon Page Author History
Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)
Fernández, F., 2003:
Adelomyrmex micans Fernández , 2003:601 (w) in Fernández & MacKay, 2003.
Worker diagnosis. Head slightly concave posteriorly. Mandibles with 7 teeth, the three apical-most larger. Anterior margin of clypeal plate straight. Clypeal plate dorsally with longitudinal carinae which extends to the level of the antennal insertions. Eyes with about 8 ommatidia. Some workers with 3 ocelli. Hypostomal tooth very small. Promesonotum slightly convex. Metanotal groove well marked. Propodeum angulate, without teeth. Genae with several longitudinal rugulae. Three longitudinal rugulae extending from frontal lobes. Propodeal dorsum with 4 transverse striae, posterior face smooth and shining with 4 longitudinal striae. Dorsum of body with numerous long hairs. Propodeum with short scattered hairs. Body dark brown, appendages lighter.
Queen: As worker with the typical traits of myrmicine queens. Hypostomal teeth not easily visible.
Comments. This species is easily recognizable, as the head is smooth and shiny as no other species of the genus in Mesoamerica. Much of the remainder of the body is also smooth and glossy, except for a few small areas with sculpture. The propodeum has angulate corners instead of teeth or spines. It is notable that some of the workers have well defined ocelli, a characteristic which is not found in the other species in the genus and a phenomenon which is rare in the Myrmicinae . These specimens are obviously workers and are not intercastes. The hypostomal tooth is small, and difficult to see, and may even be absent.
Species known only from México (see Fernández & MacKay, 2003:602 for records).
Specimen Data Summary
Found most commonly in these habitats: 17 times found in cloud forest, 1 times found in wet oak forest, 2 times found in oak/cloud forest, 2 times found in mixed hardwood forest litter, 3 times found in mixed oak forest, 1 times found in pine oak forest, 2 times found in mixed hardwood forest, 1 times found in montane wet forest, 1 times found in oak/alder/pine forest, 1 times found in 2º mesophil forest, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 3 times Berlese, 9 times Berlese/Winkler, 9 times MaxiWinkler, 7 times MiniWinkler, 5 times Winkler, 2 times Baiting, 1 times search
Elevations: collected from 1700 - 2700 meters, 2237 meters average