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Ревизия муравьёв рода Stenamma Америки
Revision of the Middle American clade of the ant genus Stenamma Westwood (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae)

Michael G. Branstetter (1,2).
1 Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
2 Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560, USA

ZooKeys (2013). Special Issue. 295: 1–277. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.295.4905

Ревизия рода Stenamma среднеамериканской фауны. Описано 33 новых для науки вида муравьёв. Род Stenamma это криптический подстилочный род муравьёв, распространённый в разнообразных лесах в Голарктике, Центральной Америке, и частично в Южной Америке (Колумбия, Эквадор). The genus was thought to be restricted primarily to the temperate zone, but recent collecting efforts have uncovered a large radiation of Neotropical forms, which rival the Holarctic species in terms of morphological and behavioral diversity. By inferring a broad-scale molecular phylogeny of Stenamma, Branstetter (2012) showed that all Neotropical species belong to a diverse Middle American clade (MAC), and that this clade is sister to an almost completely geographically separated Holarctic clade (HOC). Here, the Middle American clade of Stenamma is revised to recognize 40 species, of which 33 are described as new. Included in the revision are a key to species based on the worker caste, and for each species where possible, descriptions and images of workers and queens, images of males, information on geographic distribution, descriptions of intraspecific variation, and notes on natural history. Several species groups are defined, but the majority of species remain unassigned due to a lack of diagnostic morphological character states for most molecular clades. The following species are redescribed: Stenamma alas Longino, Stenamma diversum Mann, Stenamma expolitum Smith, Stenamma felixi Mann, Stenamma huachucanum Smith, Stenamma manni Wheeler, and Stenamma schmidti Menozzi. The following are described as new: Stenamma andersoni sp. n., Stenamma atribellum sp. n., Stenamma brujita sp. n., Stenamma callipygium sp. n., Stenamma catracho sp. n., Stenamma connectum sp. n., Stenamma crypticum sp. n., Stenamma cusuco sp. n., Stenamma excisum sp. n., Stenamma expolitico sp. n., Stenamma hojarasca sp. n., Stenamma ignotum sp. n., Stenamma lagunum sp. n., Stenamma llama sp. n., Stenamma leptospinum sp. n., Stenamma lobinodus sp. n., Stenamma longinoi sp. n., Stenamma maximon sp. n., Stenamma megamanni sp. n., Stenamma monstrosum sp. n., Stenamma muralla sp. n., Stenamma nanozoi sp. n., Stenamma nonotch sp. n., Stenamma ochrocnemis sp. n., Stenamma pelophilum sp. n., Stenamma picopicucha sp. n., Stenamma saenzae sp. n., Stenamma sandinista sp. n., Stenamma stictosomum sp. n., Stenamma tiburon sp. n., Stenamma tico sp. n., Stenamma vexator sp. n., and Stenamma zelum sp. n. Although many of the newly defined species consist of challenging species complexes, this study establishes a robust baseline that will guide future work on the systematics of MAC Stenamma. Общемировая фауна рода Stenamma теперь включает 84 современных вида.

Род Stenamma Westwood это мелкие мирмициновые муравьи, занимающие нишу мелких муравьёв мезических лесов северных умеренных регионов Голарктики, Среднюю Америку и северо-восточную Южную Америкук (Branstetter 2009, 2012, Bolton 2013). The genus is generally characterized by its species having cryptic, unobtrusive habits, and an exceptional tolerance of cool, wet environments, with many being active and abundant in high-elevation cloud forests, or during the winter months in snow-free temperate woodlands and scrublands. Stenamma also has been branded a "leaf-litter ant genus, ” because it is encountered most easily by sampling moist detritus from the forest floor. Beyond these generalizations, it is slowly becoming apparent that the life history strategies of Stenamma species are quite diverse, and in some cases unique among ants (see Smith 1957, Longino 2005, Branstetter 2012, this study).

Молекулярно-генетичесике исследования показало родство Stenamma к родам Aphaenogaster Mayr, Messor Forel, Goniomma Emery, и Oxyopomyrmex André (Brady et al. 2006, Moreau et al. 2006). Although not formally described, this clade of genera will likely form a revised version of the tribe Stenammini, which as currently defined is not monophyletic. Next, Branstetter (2009) used molecular and morphological data to redefine Stenamma, providing a new diagnosis of the worker caste, as well as evidence that Stenamma is likely monophyletic. Lastly, and most pertinent to this study, Branstetter (2012) inferred a densely sampled broad-scale phylogeny of Stenamma, revealing that the genus is composed of two, well-supported clades: a "Holarctic clade” (HOC) and a "Middle American clade” (MAC).


Ниже даётся обзорная информация по естествеенной биологии и экологии отдельных видов рода. Here I present a summary of what is known about the natural history of MAC Stenamma species. Биология Неарктических и Палеарктических видов даётся по данным Smith (1957) и DuBois (1998), соответственно.

Неотропические представители рода Stenamma обнаруживаются, главным образом, in mesic лесных условиях на высотах от уровня моря до 3000 м высоты, with the highest record reported at 3700 m at Pico Orizaba in Mexico (Stenamma manni Wheeler). Stenamma specieshave been collected mostly in lowland rainforest, montane wet forest, cloud forest, and dwarf forest. A few species (Stenamma huachucanum, Stenamma lagunum, Stenamma manni) also have been found in seasonal woodland habitats in drier areas of Mexico and the southwestern United States. Stenamma has never been collected in tropical dry forest or scrub environments. One hypothesis for the nearly complete geographic separation of the HOC and MAC is the presence of extensive xeric environments in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States (Branstetter 2012).

Исключительной характеристикой рода Stenamma является то, что многие его виды отличаются хорошей адаптацией к холодному влажному климату. Although present in the lowlands, the diversity and abundance of Stenamma species peak at mid-elevations between 800–1600 m (Branstetter unpublished data). Also, it has been found that Stenamma can be the most common ant genus in leaf-litter samples collected from very wet and cool, cloud forest localities. These ecological traits are in contrast to the pattern seen in ants generally, in which diversity and abundance decrease with elevation. Biogeographic results indicate that Stenamma originated in the Nearctic, potentially preadapting it to thrive in cool montane forest environments (Branstetter 2012).

Большинстов ивдов рода Stenamma species have very cryptic habits. Nests are usually small, and workers are slow moving, often becoming immobile upon disturbance. Consequently, Stenamma is rarely found by the casual observer and most collections are made by sifting leaf-litter from the forest floor. This fact has given Stenamma its stereotype as a "leaf-litter ant genus.” Although nests of many species do occur in the leaf litter, and foragers are common there, recent collecting efforts have revealed that MAC Stenamma species nest in a variety of microhabitats. I have found nests in large logs, in small rotting branches, in and under bark, in steep clay or mud banks, in and under epiphytes, under rocks, in the ground, and under leaves in leaf litter. At least a few Stenamma species nest arboreally. For example, several variants of Stenamma schmidti Menozzi have been found reliably underneath epiphyte clumps in the canopy and by canopy fogging, and Stenamma longinoi sp. n. is known only from one collection under epiphytes in a treefall. Based on circumstantial evidence, I surmise that a few other species have arboreal nests or at least forage arboreally. Stenamma stictosomum sp. n. and Stenamma felixi Mann have been found in epiphytic orchids inspected at quarantine in the U.S., and Stenamma callipygium sp. n. has been collected most often by beating vegetation.

Одним из наиболее интригующих открытий последнего времени стало наблюдение того, что некоторые виды рода Stenamma гнездятся в clay banks. Longino (2005) documented in detail the complex nesting behaviors of Stenamma alas Longino and Stenamma expolitum Smith. Both of these species nest in clay banks in wet forest habitats often along streams, and they exhibit a unique set of behaviors that are thought to be used in evading predation by other ants (possibly army ants specifically). These species construct multiple nests, but only occupy one with brood and a queen; they build each nest with a vertical (Stenamma expolitum) or horizontal (Stenamma alas) turret sunk into a shallow alcove; and they maintain a small clay "door-pebble, ” which is used to block the nest entrance upon encounter with the appropriate disturbance. Reported here for the first time, several other Stenamma species are now known to nest in clay banks. I have found Stenamma diversum Mann, Stenamma megamanni sp. n., Stenamma muralla sp. n., and Stenamma pelophilum sp. n. all nesting in clay banks along streams or on steep clay slopes. Stenamma diversum is particularly interesting, because it has convergently evolved the same nest architecture as Stenamma alas (Branstetter pers. obs.). It nests exclusively in steep clay substrate, and builds a nest entrance with an ear-like turret sunk into the clay. It does not, however, appear to build multiple nests per colony or maintain a door-pebble. Based on where I have collected workers and how the workers are sculptured, I believe other Stenamma species nest in clay banks as well (e.g. Stenamma llama sp. n., Stenamma lobinodus sp. n.). Why does Stenamma nest in clay banks? I hypothesize that like cloud forests, the clay bank habitat is less hospitable to the average ant, and thus provides Stenamma species with a more protected and less competitive environment in which to nest and forage.

Муравейники Stenamma как правило немногочисленный по составу их обитателй и просто устроенные, but there is considerable variation in size and structure. Stenamma diversum, for example, has very small colonies. Nests consist of a single chamber and have at most a dozen workers, a few alates, brood, and a single dealate queen. In contrast, colonies of Stenamma manni and Stenamma megamanni are very large. I have found mature colonies of both species in logs and in the ground (usually underneath a log or rock). They tend to have many chambers containing several hundred to perhaps a thousand workers, along with brood and alates (a thorough census has not been performed). Stenamma alas and Stenamma expolitum have colonies of intermediate size, with up to 200 workers, 50 alates, brood, and a single dealate queen (Longino 2005). Data from nest collections suggest so far that all Stenamma species are monogynous, and that most produce winged queens and males. Остаётся неизвестным, как часто появляются крылатые половые особи и как они расселяются.

Список включает 40 видов, из которых 33 новые для науки. 

Stenamma alas Longino 2005. Costa Rica to Ecuador.
Stenamma andersoni Branstetter sp. n. Southern Mexico.
Stenamma atribellum Branstetter sp. n. Honduras.
Stenamma brujita Branstetter sp. n. Mexico to Honduras.
Stenamma callipygium Branstetter sp. n. Guatemala.
Stenamma catracho Branstetter sp. n. Honduras.
Stenamma connectum Branstetter sp. n. Southern Mexico.
Stenamma crypticum Branstetter sp. n. Southern Mexico to Nicaragua.
Stenamma cusuco Branstetter sp. n. Honduras.
Stenamma diversum Mann 1922. Southern Mexico to Nicaragua.
Stenamma excisum Branstetter sp. n. Mexico to Honduras.
Stenamma expolitico Branstetter sp. n. Costa Rica.
Stenamma expolitum Smith 1962. Nicaragua to Costa Rica.
Stenamma felixi Mann 1922. Mexico to Ecuador.
Stenamma hojarasca Branstetter sp. n. Southern Mexico to Honduras.
Stenamma huachucanum Smith 1957. Southwestern U.S.A. to southern Mexico.
Stenamma ignotum Branstetter sp. n. Southern Mexico to Guatemala.
Stenamma lagunum Branstetter sp. n. Northern Mexico.
Stenamma leptospinum Branstetter sp. n. Southern Mexico.
Stenamma llama Branstetter sp. n. Southern Mexico to Guatemala.
Stenamma lobinodus Branstetter sp. n. Mexico.
Stenamma longinoi Branstetter sp. n. Southern Mexico.
Stenamma manni Wheeler 1914. Mexico to Nicaragua.
Stenamma maximon Branstetter sp. n. Southern Mexico to Honduras.
Stenamma megamanni Branstetter sp. n. Southern Mexico to Nicaragua.
Stenamma monstrosum Branstetter sp. n. Honduras to Nicaragua.
Stenamma muralla Branstetter sp. n. Honduras to Nicaragua.
Stenamma nanozoi sp. n. Honduras.
Stenamma nonotch Branstetter sp. n. Southern Mexico to Guatemala.
Stenamma ochrocnemis Branstetter sp. n. Southern Mexico to Honduras.
Stenamma pelophilum Branstetter sp. n. Mexico to Honduras.
Stenamma picopicucha Branstetter sp. n. Honduras to Nicaragua.
Stenamma saenzae Branstetter sp. n. Southern Mexico to Honduras.
Stenamma sandinista sp. n. Nicaragua.
Stenamma schmidti Menozzi 1931a. Nicaragua to Ecuador.
Stenamma stictosomum Branstetter sp. n. Mexico to Honduras.
Stenamma tiburon Branstetter sp. n. Northern Mexico.
Stenamma tico Branstetter sp. n. Nicaragua to Panama.
Stenamma vexator Branstetter sp. n. Mexico.
Stenamma zelum Branstetter sp. n. Honduras to Panama.


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