The Ants of Fiji

The Ants of Fiji

ELI M. SARNAT
EVAN P. ECONOMO
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition: 1
Pages: 400
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctt24hs4k
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    The Ants of Fiji
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    The ant fauna of the Fijian archipelago is a diverse assemblage of endemic radiations, pan-Pacific species, and exotics introduced from around the world. The Ants of Fiji describes the entire Fijian ant fauna, and includes the results of a recently completed archipelago-wide biodiversity inventory. A total of 187 ant species representing 43 genera are recognized here with an illustrated key to genera, synopses of each species, keys to species of all genera, and a species list. The work is heavily illustrated with specimen images, distribution maps, and habitat elevation charts.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-95521-9
    Subjects: Zoology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. iii-viii)
  3. LIST OF PLATES
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. ABSTRACT
    (pp. xi-xii)
  5. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  6. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. 1-6)

    Biologists have long sought to document and understand the unique evolution and ecology of island biotas. Oceanic archipelagoes are often adorned with spectacular evolutionary radiations and unique ecosystems. These distinctive faunas, however, are highly vulnerable to human activities, climate change, and introduction of exotic species. Among island ant faunas, perhaps nowhere are these themes so prominently on display as in the Fijian archipelago.

    The Fijian terrestrial biota was assembled during approximately 20 million years of over-water colonization,in situevolution and speciation, and more recently through the arrival of species as stowaways on canoes, galleys and battleships (Figure 1). Today’s...

  7. METHODS
    (pp. 6-9)

    As of this publication 10,447 unique specimen records based on material we collected and examined are databased and available online through Antweb or from the authors upon request. Records include taxonomic, locality, collection and specimen information. The full database records are more detailed than the abbreviated information presented in this publication. Readers seeking additional information are referred to the online database and are encouraged to use the advanced search and mapping tools available on Antweb.

    The following review of Fiji’s ant fauna is based primarily on the examination of W. M. Mann’s (1921) original collections and the material collected...

  8. TAXONOMIC SYNOPSIS OF THE FIJIAN ANT FAUNA
    (pp. 10-169)

    The following section provides taxonomic synopses, identification characters, and general information about each of the 187 ant species and 43 genera currently recognized in Fiji.

    Key to the ant genera of Fiji based on the worker caste.

    1 Mesosoma attached to gaster by a 1-segmented waist (abdominal segment 2) (Fig. 3). ................................................................................................................................. 2

    – Mesosoma attached to gaster by a 2-segmented waist (abdominal segments 2+3) (Fig. 4, Fig. 5) ................................................................................................................. 25

    2(1) Tip of gaster armed with sting (Fig. 6). Gaster broken in outline by a distinct constriction between first and second gaster segments (abdominal segments 3+4) (Fig. 9); if...

  9. SPECIES PLATES
    (pp. 170-356)

    The following section provides full-page illustrated plates for 185 of Fiji’s 187 ant species. Plates are composed of specimen images, a habitat-elevation chart, and a geographic distribution map. Plates for species in which only minor workers occur include images of an exemplar specimen in profile, full-face and dorsal view. Plates for species in which minor and major workers occur include images (where available) of exemplar specimens of majors and minors in profile and full-face view. Images of additional specimens, castes and views are available on Antweb.

    Distribution maps for each figured species were generated from all examined material for which...

  10. LITERATURE CITED
    (pp. 357-368)
  11. APPENDIX A. COLLECTION LOCALITIES
    (pp. 369-379)
  12. APPENDIX B. CHECKLIST OF THE ANTS OF FIJI
    (pp. 380-384)