Aphaenogaster gamagumayaa sp. nov. The first troglobiotic ant from Japan (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae)

Takeru Naka, Munetoshi Maruyama

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Abstract

Aphaenogaster gamagumayaa sp. nov., a new troglobiotic (true cave-dwelling) ant species, from a limestone cave on the island of Okinawa (Okinawa-jima), Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan is described. This is the first discovery of a troglobiotic ant in Japan and the second verified record worldwide. This species has only been found in a cave area with heavy guano deposits, and some worker ants were observed carrying guano. The evidence for categorizing this new species as troglobiont is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-141
Number of pages7
JournalZootaxa
Volume4450
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 23 2018

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guano
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Formicidae
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limestone
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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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Aphaenogaster gamagumayaa sp. nov. The first troglobiotic ant from Japan (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae). / Naka, Takeru; Maruyama, Munetoshi.

In: Zootaxa, Vol. 4450, No. 1, 23.07.2018, p. 135-141.

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