Ponera testacea Emery, 1895 stat. n.–a sister species of P. coarctata (Latreille, 1802)(Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2003
Authors:S. Csősz, Seifert B.
Journal:Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Keywords:lectotype, morphometric, Ponera

A redescription, rank elevation, and lectotype designation of the neglected taxon Ponera coarctata var. testacea EMERY, 1895 are published. Two different morphometric approaches resulted in a clear separation of testacea from its sister species coarctata (LATREILLE, 1802). P. testacea is abundant in the Mediterranean region but is also widely distributed in Central Europe where it spreads north to 51°30’N. It is more xerothermophilic than coarctata and seems to avoid shaded, moister woodland habitats.

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