Discovery of Remarkable New Ant Species of the Genus Pseudolasius Emery (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) From Western Ghats of India

Shahid Ali Akbar, Himender Bharti, Aijaz Ahmad Wachkoo


Pseudolasius zamrood sp. n., is described based upon the worker and the sexual caste. The new species marks the first record of the genus from South India and represents only the seventh species of the genus to be reported from India. The species appears distinct with its extremely reduced eyes. The new species is closest to P. typhlos Wheeler, 1912 from Philippines. However the new species has truncated anterior clypeal margin at the middle lobe, scapes relatively short and propodeum has relatively narrow dorsum in lateral view


Ants, Pseudolasius, India, Western Ghats, South India

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