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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 9, pages 1-12, online first (online version of paper published before print issue)

The northern-most record of Leptanillinae in China with description of Protanilla beijingensis sp. nov. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

PEI MAN 1, 4, HAO RAN2, ZHILIN CHEN2 and ZHENGHUI XU3 *

1Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.1 Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. China

2Key Laboratory of Ecology of Rare and Endangered Species and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Education, Guangxi Normal University, Guilin 541004, P.R. China

3Key Laboratory of Forest Disaster Warning and Control in Yunnan Province, College of Forestry, Southwest Forestry University, Kunming, Yunnan Province 650224, P.R. China

4University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 19 A Yuquan Rd, Shijingshan District, Beijing 100049, P.R.China

Article first published online 13/April/2017

DOI: 10.20362/am.009008

Asian Myrmecology 9: e009008 (1-12)

© P. Man, H. Ran, Z. Chen and Z. Xu.

Abstract: Protanilla beijingensis sp. nov. from Beijing, China, is described. The distribution of the new Protanilla species is further north than that of any other species in the genus. This also represents the first record of a Leptanillinae species from Palaearctic China. By means of a subterranean pitfall trap (between 30 and 55 cm below ground), we made a collection of three workers and one queen of P. beijingensis sp. nov. and 106 individuals of Leptanilla taiwanensis Ogata, Terayama et Masuko, 1995 in Beijing. The depth of Leptanillinae distribution in Beijing and collection method is discussed. An updated key to the known species of Protanilla based on worker and queen castes is presented.

Keywords: Leptanillinae, Protanilla, new species, Beijing, China

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