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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 5, Taxonomy

Cryptopone subterranea sp. nov., a rare new cryptobiotic ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from India

Himender Bharti* and Aijaz Ahmad Wachkoo

Department of Zoology and Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab – 147002, India

Abstract: A cryptobiotic species Cryptopone subterranea sp. nov. is described based on the worker caste, collected in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. It most resembles C. motschulskyi Donisthorpe, 1943, and distinctly differs from all described species of the genus. An identification key to the known Indian species of Cryptopone is provided.

Keywords:Ponerinae, Cryptopone, key, new species, taxonomy, Himalaya, India.

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