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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 2, pages 99-102, published December 2008

On a collection of Formicidae (Hymenoptera: Vespoidea) from Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal, India with new record of one rare genus and a rare species

SOUMYENDRA NATH GHOSH1* & SAROJ SHEELA2

1West Bengal Biodiversity Board, Paribesh Bhavan, Salt Lake, Kolkata-700 098, India.

2Zoological Survey of India, M-Block, New Alipore, Kolkata-700 053, India.

DOI: 10.20362/am.002010

© S. N. Ghosh & S. Sheela

Abstract. One day’s collection of Formicidae from the Buxa Tiger Reserve of West Bengal, India yielded a total of 19 species from 15 genera and five subfamilies, of which six species are reported for the first time in the state of West Bengal (Philidris sp., Odontoponera transversa (Smith), Tapinoma indicum Forel, Crematogaster ransonneti Mayr, Lophomyrmex kali Rigato and Monomorium scabriceps (Mayr)). The genus Philidris is recorded here for the first time from mainland India. Lophomyrmex kali is recorded for the first time since its description in 1994.

Keywords: Formicidae, Philidris, Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal, India

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