Revision of the Fungus-Farming Ant Genus Sericomyrmex Mayr (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae)

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The Neotropical ant genus Sericomyrmex is revised, based on over 1500 specimens examined, a molecular phylogeny, and morphological characters of workers, queens, males, and larvae. The revised genus comprises eleven species, including three new species, here described as S. maravalhas sp. n., S. radioheadi sp. n., and S. saramama sp. n.

The number of recognized species (11) is lower than the previously recognized 19 species and 3 subspecies. The following species and subspecies are synonymized: under S. opacus [=S. aztecus Forel syn. n., S. zacapanus Wheeler syn. n., and S. diego Forel syn. n.]; under S. bondari [=S. beniensis Weber syn. n.]; under S. mayri [=S. luederwaldti Santschi syn. n., S. moreirai Santschi syn. n., S. harekulli Weber syn. n., S. harekulli arawakensis Weber syn. n., S. urichi Forel syn. n.]; under S. saussurei [=S. burchelli Forel syn. n., S. impexus Wheeler syn. n., S. urichi maracas Weber syn. n.]; and under S. parvulus [=S. myersi Weber syn. n.]. A key to Sericomyrmex species for the worker caste is provided, as well as information on the geographic distributions of all species.
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  • Introduction
  • Short review of natural history
  • Materials and methods
  • Morphological analyses
  • Measurements and indices
  • Morphometric analysis
  • Data resources
  • Results
  • Morphometric analysis
  • Species delimitation
  • Sericomyrmex genus description
  • Sericomyrmex worker
  • Sericomyrmex queen
  • Sericomyrmex male
  • Sericomyrmex larva
  • Sericomyrmex genus-level differential diagnosis
  • Character discussion and terminology definitions.
  • Taxonomic synopsis
  • Key to the worker caste of Sericomyrmex
  • Species accounts
  • Sericomyrmex amabilis Wheeler, 1925b
  • Sericomyrmex bondari Borgmeier, 1937
  • Sericomyrmex lutzi Wheeler, 1916
  • Sericomyrmex maravalhas sp. n.
  • Sericomyrmex mayri Forel, 1912
  • Sericomyrmex opacus Mayr, 1865
  • Sericomyrmex parvulus Forel, 1912
  • Sericomyrmex radioheadi sp. n.
  • Sericomyrmex saramama sp. n.
  • Sericomyrmex saussurei Emery, 1894
  • Sericomyrmex scrobifer Forel, 1911
  • Acknowledgments.
  • References.
  • Supplementary material 1
  • Supplementary material 2
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Ana Ješovnik, Ted Schultz
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