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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 8, page 87-94, published December 2016

Description of the male genitalia of Pristomyrmex punctatus (Smith, 1860) (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae)

AIKI YAMADA1 * & KATSUZUKI EGUCHI2

1Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo 192-0397, Japan

2Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo 192-0397, Japan

Article first published online 06/May/2016

DOI: 10.20362/am.008010

© A. Yamada & K. Eguchi

Abstract: Pristomyrmex punctatus (Smith, 1860) is a parthenogenetic ant species. Colonies are usually composed of workers only, or rarely of workers and a few ergatoid queens. Workers and ergatoids reproduce thelytokously, however colonies containing alate males are often found. The habitus of the body of P. punctatus has already been observed and described by previous authors. In the present study, a detailed description of the male genitalia is provided.

Keywords: Formicidae, Myrmicinae, Pristomyrmex punctatus, male genitalia, external morphology, taxonomy

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