Kempfidris, a new genus of myrmicine ants from the Neotropical region (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Fernando FERNÁNDEZ, Rodrigo M. FEITOSA & John LATTKE

en European Journal of Taxonomy 2014 (85) - Pages 1-10 (EJT-85)

Published on 26 May 2014

The new genus Kempfidris gen. nov. is described based on the workers of a single species, K. inusualis comb. nov., from Brazil, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Kempfidris inusualis comb. nov. was originally described by Fernández (2007) and provisionally placed in Monomorium awaiting a better understanding of the internal relationships in Myrmicinae. Kempfidris gen. nov. has a series of distinctive morphological characters including the mandibular configuration, vestibulate propodeal spiracle, propodeal carinae, and cylindrical micro-pegs on the posteromedian portion of abdominal tergum VI and anteromedian portion of abdominal tergum VII. This last trait appears to be autapomorphic for the genus.

Keywords :

Myrmicinae, new genus, Neotropical region, taxonomy.

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