Paraparatrechina new species SL 181 Taylor &
Type location Sri Lanka
Sinharaja Forest Reserve, collector Nihara Gunawardene.
Diagnosis: A member
of the Paraparatrechina minutula
(Forel) group. Earlier Shattuck ident. = Paraparatrechina minutula Forel,
weakly ovoid, less than Paraparatrechina new species SL 105; clypeus with anterior margin arcuate and overhanging base of
mandible, raised in profile with a sharp median apex; scapes surpass
the occiput by about half their length. Alitrunk with four pairs of
erect hairs, one pair on the propodeum; propodeum profile with a very
short dorsum and sharp angle at transition into the long flat
declivity. Yellow-brown, moderately shiny with a crumpled appearance
and fine spiculation on the gaster.
TL ca 1.4, HL 0.40, HW 0.32, SL 0.47, PW 0.28, AL 0.47, funiculus 0.63,
posterior femur 0.47, CI 86 SI 128 EI 22.
Holotype worker and two paratype workers. Collection code SL 181. From
Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka, 06°20'-06°26' N, 80°23'-80°33' E;
173-657 m asl; collected by N R Gunawardene, pitfall traps,
Remarks: Similar in
form to Prenolepis indica
Forel, 1894, = Paratrechina
indica but that was given as TL 2.2- 2.4 mm (see type at http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0911008). A less common ant
that was only collected in one area, a riparian edge site.