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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 5, pages 5-9, published March 2013

A further new blue Polyrhachis ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

HERBERT ZETTEL

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

DOI: 10.20362/am.005002

© H. Zettel

Abstract: Polyrhachis (Myrma) viola sp. nov. from Mangkagangi Island and a near locality on Mindanao Island, both in Surigao del Sur Province, the Philippines, is described and illustrated. It is the fourth-named species in the P. cyaniventris species group which comprises striking blue-coloured ants that are endemic to the Philippines. In addition, Polyrhachis (Myrma) cyaniventris F. Smith, 1858 is reported from Cebu Island, and thus the biogeographical subregion of Greater Negros-Panay, for the first time.

Keywords: Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Polyrhachis, Myrma, Polyrhachis cyaniventris species group, new species, Philippines, biogeography, taxonomy

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