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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 11, e011004, pages 1-11, online first (online version of paper published before print issue)

Description of the Ant Larvae of Two Species of the Genus Myrmica Latreille, 1804 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Indian Himalayas

HIMENDER BHARTI, PAWANPREET KAUR AND MEENAKSHI BHARTI*

Department of Zoology and Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala-147002, India

Article first published online 31/December/2019

DOI: 10.20362/am.011004

Asian Myrmecology 10: e011004 (1-11)

© H. Bharti, P. Kaur and M. Bharti

Abstract: We provide detailed description of three larval instars of two ant species namely; Myrmica hecate Weber 1947 and Mymica rupestris Forel 1902. Myrmica rupestris larvae exhibit the “pogonomyrmecoid” body shape which is considered ancestral in the genus Myrmica, whereas M. hecate larvae exhibit the “pheidoloid” shape.

Keywords: larval external morphology, Myrmicinae, Myrmica hecate, Myrmica rupestris.

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