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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 10, e010001, pages 1-16, online first (online version of paper published before print issue)

Lost in the city: discovery of the rare ant genus Leptanilla (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Macau with description of Leptanilla macauensis sp. nov.

CHI-MAN LEONG1, SEIKI YAMANE2 and BENOIT GUÉNARD3 *

1Department of Entomology, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Roosevelt Road, Section 4, Taipei, 106 Taiwan

2Kagoshima University Museum, Kôrimoto 1-21-30, Kagoshima-shi, 890-0065 Japan

3School of Biological Sciences, University of Hong Kong, Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building, Pok Fu Lam Road, Hong Kong SAR, China

Article first published online 31/January/2018

DOI: 10.20362/am.010001

Asian Myrmecology 10: e010001 (1-16)

© C. M. Leong, S. Yamane and B. Guénard

The rare ant genus Leptanilla was discovered in Macau SAR, China for the first time, which represents the second record for this genus in southeastern China. Through the detailed examination, the new species Leptanilla macauensis sp. nov. described here has unique character conditions particularly in the structure of the clypeus and subpetiolar process. Moreover, the discovery of L. macauensis sp. nov. within an island of vegetation surrounded by a dense urbanized matrix illustrates future possibilities for the discovery of new species in South East Asia, including within heavily disturbed environments.

Keywords: Leptanillinae, Leptanilla, Macao, new species, urbanized habitat

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