Monday, March 27, 2017

[Entomology • 2016] Aenictus shilintongae | มดทหารเทพา • An Army Ant of the Aenictus laeviceps Species Group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dorylinae) from China

 Aenictus shilintongae 
Jaitrong & Schultz, 2016 

มดทหารเทพา |

 Aenictus shilintongae, a new army ant from Southeast China, is described based on the worker caste. The new species belongs to the A. laeviceps species group and seems to be closely related to A. rotundicollis Jaitrong et Yamane, 2011 and A. sonchaengi Jaitrong et Yamane, 2011, but is easily distinguished from the latter two in having dense pilosity on head and mesosoma. It is named in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand after her name in Chinese.

KEY WORDS: Army ants, Aenictus shilintongae, Taxonomy, China.

        Weeyawat Jaitrong and Ted Schultz. 2016. Aenictus shilintongae sp. nov. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dorylinae), An Army Ant of the Aenictus laeviceps Species Group from China. The Thailand Natural History Museum Journal. 10(2); 67-74.

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