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Genus: Liomyrmex   Mayr, 1865 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 1 valid species

Liomyrmex Mayr, 1865 PDF: 23. Type-species: Myrmica caeca, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Liomyrmex in Myrmicidae, Myrmicidae: Emery, 1877b PDF: 81.
Liomyrmex in Myrmicinae, Solenopsidini: Emery, 1914e PDF: 41 [subtribe Monomoriini]; Forel, 1917 PDF: 243; Emery, 1922c PDF: 191; Wheeler, 1922: 663; all subsequent authors to the following.
Genus Liomyrmex references
Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 63 (catalogue); Bingham, 1903 PDF: 198 (diagnosis); Emery, 1922c PDF: 191 (diagnosis, catalogue); Donisthorpe, 1948a PDF: 293 (checklist); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 162 (Asia checklist); Ettershank, 1966 PDF: 152 (diagnosis, review of genus, checklist); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1050 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 248 (catalogue); Rigato & Bolton, 2001 PDF: 247 (review of genus); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 205 (brief male diagnosis)
// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Asia: Borneo, India, Indonesia, Krakatau Islands, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
    Oceania: Papua New Guinea
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Australasia, Indomalaya

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

Liomyrmex MayrHNS, 1865

Taxonomy. The genus LiomyrmexHNS was recently revised by Rigato and Bolton (2001) and assigned to the tribe LiomyrmeciniHNS by Bolton (2003). The worker of the single known species has the following features.

Worker monomorphic but size-variable: head in full-face view subrectangular, with round posterolateral corners; frontal carina and antennal scrobe absent; median portion of clypeus raised well, margined at each side by a well defined carina, with straight anterior margin; median clypeal seta absent, but a pair of distinct setae present in the middle; frontal lobes widely separated by posteromedian portion of clypeus; antenna 11-segmented with distinct3-segmented club; eye absent; masticatory margin short, 4-toothed; promesonotum in lateral view almost flat or only weakly convex; promesonotal suture absent; metanotal groove distinct; propodeum unarmed; propodeal spiracle large; metapleural gland bulla large, elongate toward propodeal spiracle; propodeal lobe well developed, not produced posteriad but in lateral view filling the concave outline of posterior slope of propodeum; petiolar peduncle short but distinct; petiolar node well developed, in lateral view squarish, and in dorsal view transversely elongate; subpetiolar process lamelliform, directing anteroventrad; sternite of postpetiole distinctly produced anteroventrad; gastral shoulder indistinct; sting extremely developed, long.

The worker of LiomyrmexHNS is somewhat similar to eyeless worker (or minor) of Anillomyrma, Oligomyrmex, ParvimyrmaHNS and SolenopsisHNS. However, frontal lobes are not so widely separated by the posteromedian portion of clypeus and antennal segmentation is not "11-segmented with distinct 3-segmented club" in the worker (minor) of the latter genera.

Vietnamese species. After their critical reexamination of relevant type-material and other specimens, Rigato & Bolton (2001) concluded that Liomyrmex MayrHNS is monotypic. The single species, Liomyrmex gestroiHNS (Emery), is widespread in the Indo-Chinese, Indo-Malayan, and Austro-Malayan subregions: gestroiHNS (Emery) [= sp. eg-1] ("Muong Moun" (see Rigato & Bolton)).

Bionomics. According to Rigato & Bolton (2001), Liomyrmex gestroiHNS is a species of forest leaf-litter and topsoil and may be a specialised predator of isopterans. Eguchi found a mass of workers under bark of large fallen log in W. Bali (unfortunately he did not take account of the presence of other insects).

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