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      Discovery of a new ant species of the elusive termitophilous genus Metapone in Singapore (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae), with the first detailed description of male genitalia of the genus

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          A new species of the rare ant genus Metapone , Metapone murphyi sp. nov., is described based on museum material consisting of a single nest series (workers, queens, and males) collected from a decayed coconut palm stump on Pulau Sakra, previously an offshore island south of mainland Singapore. Workers can be distinguished from other named congeners mainly by the following characters: 1) subpetiolar lamella subrectangular; 2) short median longitudinal ventral subpetiolar edge and roundly obtuse posteroventral subpetiolar angle; 3) outer margin of posterior subpetiolar face in posteroventral view forming a continuous, U-shaped, translucent, laminate carina; and 4) petiole subtrapezoidal in dorsal view with extended blunt tooth-like posterolateral corners. Detailed description and illustrations of male genitalia of the genus are given for the first time. The key to Asian species of Metapone is updated to include the new species.

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                Zookeys
                Zookeys
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                urn:lsid:arphahub.com:pub:45048D35-BB1D-5CE8-9668-537E44BD4C7E
                urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:91BD42D4-90F1-4B45-9350-EEF175B1727A
                ZooKeys
                Pensoft Publishers
                1313-2989
                1313-2970
                2019
                25 September 2019
                : 876
                : 125-141
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore, 2 Conservatory Drive, 117377, Singapore National University of Singapore Singapore Singapore
                [2 ] Systematic Zoology Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1-1 Minami-Osawa, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, 192-0397, Japan Tokyo Metropolitan University Tokyo Japan
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                Corresponding author: Wendy Y. Wang ( nhmwyw@ 123456nus.edu.sg ; wywang24@ 123456gmail.com )

                Academic editor: Marek Borowiec

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                35739
                10.3897/zookeys.876.35739
                6775171
                Wendy Y. Wang, Aiki Yamada, Katsuyuki Eguchi

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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                Research Article
                Formicidae
                Hymenoptera
                Systematics
                Asia

                Animal science & Zoology

                museum specimens, rare genus, taxonomy, nest series, animalia, hymenoptera, formicidae

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