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Improved Phylogenetic Analyses Corroborate a Plausible Position of Martialis heureka in the Ant Tree of Life
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It is suggested that Leptanillinae are a sister group to all other extant ant subfamilies, whereas Martialinae branch off as a second lineage, backed by approximately unbiased tests, additional Bayesian analyses and split networks.
Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation
Author(s): Thomson, Scott A; Pyle, Richard L; Ahyong, Shane T; Alonso-Zarazaga, Miguel; Ammirati, Joe; Araya, Juan Francisco; Ascher, John S; Audisio, Tracy Lynn; Azevedo-Santos, Valter M; Bailly,
A Preliminary Checklist of the Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Kakamega Forest (Kenya)
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The preliminary data from the observed ant fauna seems to support the hypothesis that Kakamega Forest is the eastern-most remnant of the former Guineo-Congolian rain forest belt, while the zoogeographical influence from East African Afromontane forests seems to be less significant.
X-Ray microtomography for ant taxonomy: An exploration and case study with two new Terataner (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae) species from Madagascar
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An illustrated worker-based species identification key for all species found on Madagascar, as well as detailed taxonomic descriptions, which include diagnoses, discussions, measurements, natural history data, high-quality montage images and distribution maps for both new species.
Taxonomy of the ant genus Proceratium Roger (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in the Afrotropical region with a revision of the P. arnoldi clade and description of four new species
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Four new species from the Proceratium arnoldi clade are described as new and an illustrated identification key is presented to distinguish the seven Afrotropical species of theproceratial clade.
A taxonomic revision of seed harvester ants of the Tetramorium solidum group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in southern Africa
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The revision of the Tetramorium solidum group reveals five new species, expanding the total number to 19, with the vast majority of species endemic to the arid regions of southern Africa.
Taxonomic overview of the hyperdiverse ant genus Tetramorium Mayr (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in India with descriptions and X-ray microtomography of two new species from the Andaman Islands
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This work focuses attention on the Tetramorium fauna of India, a region of high biodiversity value and interest for conservation and provides detailed species descriptions and high-resolution montage images of types, including 3D cybertypes of the new species derived from X-ray micro-computed tomography.
Skeletomuscular adaptations of head and legs of Melissotarsus ants for tunnelling through living wood
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Melissotarsus represents an extraordinary case study of how the adaptation to – and indeed engineering of – a novel ecological niche can lead to the evolutionary redesign of core biomechanical systems.
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