Probolomyrmex maryatiae , Eguchi, K., Yoshimura, M. & Yamane, S., 2006

Eguchi, K., Yoshimura, M. & Yamane, S., 2006, The Oriental species of the ant genus Probolomyrmex (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Proceratiinae)., Zootaxa 1376, pp. 1-35: 26-27

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Probolomyrmex maryatiae

sp. nov.

Probolomyrmex maryatiae  HNS  sp. nov.

(Figs. 5A-D, 9E, 10E)

Holotype: worker belonging to colony Eg97-BOR-587, Gunong Rara , Sabah, Malaysia, 25/ii/1997, Eg ( ITBC).  Paratypes: 4 workers from the same colony to which the holotype belongs ( MCZC, MHNG, ACEG, SKYC). 

Nontype material examined. MALAYSIA: Sabah: Sepilok Forest [general coll.: SKY 27/viii/1995]  ; Sarawak: Tower Region, Lambir N. P., Miri [general coll.: SKY, 15/i/1993, 1/iii/1997]. 

Eguchi's informal species code " Probolomyrmex  HNS  sp. eg-4" applies to this species.

Worker. HL, 0.54-0.58 mm; HW, 0.35-0.36 mm; SL, 0.33-0.37 mm; CI, 60-67; SI, 92-106; WL, 0.75-0.84 mm; PW, 0.26-0.29 mm; DPtW, 0.16-0.19 mm; DPtI, 61-66; PtH, 0.26-0.29 mm; PtNL, 0.25-0.29 mm; LPtI, 96-104 (N=5). Body ferruginous brown. Head in full-face view with weakly convex sides and very shallowly concave occipital border. Eye absent. Antenna relatively short; relative lengths of antennal segments II-XII as seen in Fig. 10E; antennal segment III shorter than IV. Dorsal outline of mesosoma almost straight; posterior margin of propodeal dorsum in dorsal view strongly concave; posterior face of propodeum margined laterally with a well-developed translucent lamella which in profile forming an obtuse angle in upper portion. Petiole including subpetiolar process as long as or a little longer than high, in profile with relatively gentle anterior slope and (weakly) concave posterior outline (above the articulation with gaster); posterodorsal margin of petiolar node in dorsal view weakly and broadly concave; subpetiolar process developed, with conspicuous anteroventral and posteroventral projections; the anteroventral projections relatively thick and not translucent. Abdominal segment III (gastral segment I) in profile relatively short, relatively gently narrowed anteriad in the anterior 3/4; abdominal sternum III weakly convex behind the midlength.

Recognition. Four Oriental and Australian species are morphologically very similar to each other: this species, P. greavesi Taylor  HNS  , P. salomonis Taylor  HNS  , and P. vieti  HNS  sp. nov. The difference between this species and P. vieti  HNS  is given in the key. It is separated from P. greavesi  HNS  as follows: in the worker the petiole in profile has a relatively steep anterior slope and straight posterior outline (above the articulation with gaster). Probolomyrmex maryatiae  HNS  is barely separated from P. salomonis  HNS  (holotype worker deposited in MCZC was examined) as follows: in the worker of the former the anterior portion of the subpetiolar process projects strongly and the posterodorsal margin of the petiolar node is relatively broadly concave. In contrast, in the worker of P. salomonis  HNS  the anteroventral portion of the subpetiolar process forms a round corner and the posterodorsal margin of the petiolar node is relatively narrowly concave.

Distribution. Known only from Borneo.




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