A comparative study of the myrmicine sting apparatus (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

  • The morphology of the skeletal portions of the sting apparatus is described and compared in 63 genera of myrmicine ants in order to evaluate its taxonomic potential in this difficult subfamily. The survey covers about half of the myrmicine genera, and an but 3 small tribes (Ochetomyrmecini, Melissotarsini, Stegomyrmicini). Interspecific variation in the apparatus is described in a third of the genera examined. In addition, the sting apparatus of the primitive ponerine ant, Amblyopone pallipes is described for comparison with the primitive myrmicines; and the sting associated glands (poison gland, Dufour's gland) are illustrated for single species of Amblyopone, Basiceros, Monomorium, Aphaenogaster, Crematogasier, and Zacryptocerus.

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Author:Charles Kugler
Parent Title (Portuguese):Studia entomologica : revista internacional de entomologia
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2009/09/08
Year of first Publication:1978
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2009/09/08
Volume:N.S. 20
Issue:fasc. 1-4
Page Number:69
First Page:413
Last Page:548
Signatur: SZ 3553
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Weitere biologische Literatur (eingeschränkter Zugriff)
Licence (German):License LogoArchivex. zur Lesesaalplatznutzung § 52b UrhG