Six New Species of Carebara Westwood (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) with Restructuring of World Species Groups and a Key to Indian Species

Authors

  • Himender Bharti Punjabi University Patiala
  • Rakesh Kumar Punjabi University Patiala

Keywords:

Ants, Carebara, India, alpha taxonomy, Myrmicinae, Old World, species groups.

Abstract

 Six new species of the myrmicine ants Carebara Westwood are described: The monomorphic C. carinata sp. nov. and C. propomegata sp. nov. and the dimorphic C. dentata sp. nov., C. hornata sp. nov., C. rectangulata sp. nov. and C. spinata sp. nov. Carebara carinata sp. nov. has a central long clypeal hair as an inusual trait, also present in other foreign Carebara. Some of these new species support the previous synonymy of Oligomyrmex and Parvimyrma under Carebara and show mixed attributes that recall the restructuring of existing World species groups. Separate keys for major worker, worker and gyne are provided for Indian species.

Author Biographies

Himender Bharti, Punjabi University Patiala

Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology & Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University Patiala-147002

Rakesh Kumar, Punjabi University Patiala

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Zoology & Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University Patiala-147002

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Published

2013-04-03

How to Cite

Bharti, H., & Kumar, R. (2013). Six New Species of Carebara Westwood (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) with Restructuring of World Species Groups and a Key to Indian Species. Journal of the Entomological Research Society, 17(2), 47–67. Retrieved from https://www.entomol.org/journal/index.php/JERS/article/view/514

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Journal of the Entomological Research Society