New records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Sri Lanka, including four tramp species

R. K. Sriyani Dias, S. Udayakantha, Aijaz Ahmad Wachkoo, Shahid Ali Akbar

Abstract


Five ant species are reported for the first time from Sri Lanka: Ooceraea alii (Bharti & Akbar, 2013); O. biroi (Forel, 1907); Prionopelta kraepelini Forel, 1905; Strumigenys emmae (Emery, 1890) and S. membranifera Emery, 1869. Among the newly reported species, four species (O. biroi, S. membranifera, S. emmae and P. kraepelini) are known for their invasive and tramping nature, spreading via human commerce and have attained broad cosmopolitan distribution. Impact of these ants on regional fauna is not known and needs immediate attention. A brief diagnosis, distribution, and illustrations are provided for each species.


Keywords


Ants, Sri Lanka, taxonomy, distribution, new records, tramp species.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v65i3.3180

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