A solid footing for Mesoamerican Megalomyrmex

Megalomyrmex adamsae Longino, new species

It appears I jumped the gun on blogging the recent torrent of ant taxonomy from Zootaxa. Today there’s another excellent paper. This one is Jack Longino’s review of the Central American Megalomyrmex, an attractive, leggy myrmicine genus. The work provides an illustrated key and describes several new species.

Megalomyrmex are of particular interest because a few species are parasites of fungus-growing ants. Having a sound taxonomic foundation will make downstream studies of social parasites much easier.

source: Longino, J. T. 2010. A taxonomic review of the ant genus Megalomyrmex Forel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Central America. Zootaxa 2720: 35–58.

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