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Species: Leptomyrmex erythrocephalus   (Fabricius, 1775) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Formica erythrocephala Fabricius, 1775 PDF: 391 (w.) AUSTRALIA (New South Wales). Australasia. Primary type information: Primary type material: neotype worker (by designation of Lucky & Ward, 2010 PDF: 30). Primary type locality: neotype Australia: New South Wales, 5 km. SSW Blackheath (P.S. Ward). Primary type depository: ANIC. Type notes: Original type data: Australia: (no further data), “habitat in nova Hollandia. Mus. Banks”. Not in BMNH (nor ZMUC, ZMUK) (Zimsen, 1964 PDF: 427); not in BMNH, HMUG, ZMUC (Lucky & Ward, 2010 PDF: 31). AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Neotype designation: Lucky & Ward, 2010 PDF: 30.
[Misspelled as erytrocephala by Latreille, 1802a PDF: 277.]
Combination in Atta: Fabricius, 1804 PDF: 423.
Combination in Leptomyrmex: Mayr, 1862 PDF: 696
// Distribution

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Oceania: Australia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Mayr, G., 1862, Myrmecologische Studien., Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 12, pp. 649-776

1. L. erythrocyphalusHNS Fabr.

[[ worker ]] Laenge: 10 mm- Schwarz, Kopf mit Ausnahme der Augen, die Gelenke der Beine und die Tarsen gelbroth, schimmernd; Hinterleib schwach gruenlich metallisch schimmernd. Die abstehende Behaarung bloss auf der Unterseite des Hinterleibes und selbst da spaerlich. Die anliegende Pubescenz am Kopfe, Thorax und Hinterleibe reichlich, aber aeusserst fein und bei massiger Vergroesserung nur als Reim zu sehen, auf den Beinen ist diese Pubescenz spaerlicher. Der ganze Koerper aeusserst fein verworren gerunzelt.

Neuholland (Mus. Caes.)

Zu dieser Gattung scheint auch Formica nigriventrisHNS Guer. zu gehoeren. Die Zeichnung des Thorax zeigt aber eine frappante Aehnlichkeit mit dem Thorax von Prenolepis (Formica) gracilipesHNS Smith.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 15 times found in Wet sclerophyll forest, 7 times found in eucalyptus open-forest, 9 times found in rainforest, 10 times found in Wet sclerophyll, 8 times found in Dry sclerophyll, 4 times found in Sandstone valley, 4 times found in Dry sandstone sclerophyll, 3 times found in dry sclerophyll forest, 2 times found in forest, 2 times found in Rainforest edge, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 13 times ground forager(s), 7 times Under stone, 4 times Ground nest, 5 times Foragers, 3 times ex rotten log, 2 times Under small rock, 3 times Under rock, 3 times Random ground foragers, 1 times On rock surface, 2 times Crater at base of tree, 2 times below huge rocks, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 4 times Malaise Trap, 1 times hand col., 2 times sweeping, 1 times at light, 1 times direct collection, 1 times FI window, trough trap, 1 times uv light, 1 times yellow pan trap w/ NaCL.

Elevations: collected from 12 - 1380 meters, 515 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1887-11-30 00:00:00.0 and 2017-01-03 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: neotype of Leptomyrmex erythrocephalus: casent0011746; syntype: anic32-014974; syntype of Leptomyrmex froggatti: casent0902940, casent0909492



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