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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 1, pages 19-30, published August 2007

On the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Philippine Islands: II. The genus Forelophilus KUTTER, 1931

HERBERT ZETTEL* & DOMINIQUE ZIMMERMANN

Natural History Museum, International Research Institute of Entomology, Burgring 7, A-1010 Vienna, Austria,

DOI: 10.20362/am.001003

© 2007 H. Zettel & D. Zimmermann

Abstract: Two new ant species from the Philippines, Forelophilus stefanschoedli sp. nov. and Forelophilus philippinensis sp. nov., are described, illustrated and compared with the type species, Forelophilus overbecki Kutter, 1931 from Java, Indonesia, hitherto the only species described in the genus. Forelophilus stefanschoedli sp. nov. is known from minor and major workers. The latter morph was previously unknown in Forelophilus Kutter, 1931 and allows a better comparison of Forelophilus, Camponotus Mayr, 1861, and Overbeckia Viehmeyer, 1916. A minor worker of F. overbecki is designated as lectotype. Records of F. stefanschoedli sp. nov. are from the islands of Luzon, Leyte, and Mindanao, those of F. philippinensis sp. nov. from Luzon, Bayagnan, and Mindanao.

Keywords: ants, Formicidae, Forelophilus, Camponotus, Philippines, new species, first record, minor worker, major worker, lectotype designation

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