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Systematics of the Monomorium rothsteini Forel species complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), a problematic ant group in Australia

Sparks, Kathryn S., Andersen, Alan N. and Austin, Andrew D (2014). Systematics of the Monomorium rothsteini Forel species complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), a problematic ant group in Australia. Zootaxa,3893(4):489-529.

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Title Systematics of the Monomorium rothsteini Forel species complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), a problematic ant group in Australia
Author Sparks, Kathryn S.
Andersen, Alan N.
Austin, Andrew D
Journal Name Zootaxa
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 3893
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1175-5326   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84917706539
Start Page 489
End Page 529
Total Pages 41
Place of Publication New Zealand
Publisher Magnolia Press
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract A recent molecular, morphological and distributional analysis of Monomorium rothsteini demonstrated that it comprises many separately evolving lineages that could be recognised morphologically and/or genetically based on mitochondrial DNA sequences. Based on these results M. rothsteini is revised, resulting in four species being brought out of synonymy (M. bogischi Wheeler, M. leda Forel, M. humilior Forel and M. subapterum Wheeler) and 18 new species recognised: M. broschorum n. sp., M. capeyork n. sp., M. eremoides n. sp., M. eremum n. sp., M. geminum n. sp., M. hertogi n. sp., M. hoffmanni n. sp., M. kidman n. sp., M. maryannae n. sp., M. merepah n. sp., M. mitchell n. sp., M. oodnadatta n. sp., M. pilbara n. sp., M. speculum n. sp., M. stagnum n. sp., M. tenebrosum n. sp., M. topend n. sp., M. torrens n. sp. Monomorium rothsteini v. doddi Santschi is recognised as a valid synonomy of M. rothsteini s.str. Along with M. rothsteini Forel s. str., there are now 23 described species in the complex, however it likely comprises many more species given the number of additional CO1 lineages and morphotypes that remain unresolved due to incomplete data. Biological notes are provided as well as a key to workers, descriptions, images and distribution maps for each species.
Keywords integrative taxonomy
Myrmicinae
COI barcoding
morphology
seed-harvesting
Australia
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3893.4.2   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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