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Genus: Vollenhovia   Mayr, 1865 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 60 valid species, 17 valid subspecies

Fossil: 3 valid species

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

Taxonomic history

Vollenhovia in Myrmicidae, Pheidolidae: Emery, 1877b PDF: 81.
Vollenhovia in Myrmicinae, Solenopsidini: Emery, 1914e PDF: 41 [subtribe Monomoriini] Forel, 1917 PDF: 242; Emery, 1922c PDF: 163; Wheeler, 1922: 662; all subsequent authors to the following.
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, 1991b PDF: 612 (Australia species key); {ref #2733}: 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, 2013c 10.2478/vzoo-2013-0018 PDF: 181 (India species key); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 248 (brief male diagnosis); Sadasivan & Kripakaran, 2022 10.11609/jott.7682.14.7.21368-21387 PDF: 21381 (description of worker caste), 21385 (key to Indian subcontinent species (workers)).

Taxon Page Images:

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


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Seychelles
    Americas: United States
    Asia: Bangladesh, Borneo, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nicobar Island, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
    Oceania: American Samoa, Australia, Fiji, Guam, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Nearctic, Oceania, Palearctic
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Oceania, Palearctic

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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