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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 6, pages 43-48, published June 2014

Tetraponera periyarensis, a new pseudomyrmecine ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from India

HIMENDER BHARTI* AND SHAHID ALI AKBAR

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

DOI: 10.20362/am.006003

© H. Bharti & S. A. Akbar

Abstract: Tetraponera periyarensis sp. nov. is described based on a single worker collected from Manalar, part of Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala, India. This is the fourth species of the rufonigra-group of Tetraponera known from the Indo-Australian region, with T. concava Xu & Chai, 2004, T. pilosa Smith, 1858 and T. rufonigra Jerdon, 1851 reported earlier. An identification key to the worker caste of Indian species is provided.

Keywords: Hymenoptera, Pseudomyrmecinae, Tetraponera, new species, Kerala

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