Monday, December 03, 2007


my paper is published:

JOCHEN H. BIHN & MANFRED VERHAAGH, 2007: A review of the genus Mystrium (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Indo-Australian region. Zootaxa 1642: 1-12.

Indo-Australian species of the amblyoponine ant genus Mystrium Roger are reviewed. Three species are recognized in the region, and two of them, which were found in Indonesia (Papua and West Papua Province), are described as new species: Mystrium maren sp. nov. and Mystrium leonie sp. nov. Worker diagnoses and illustrations of the three species and a tabular key are given.

Full article can be downloaded here.

Mystrium leonie

Mystrium maren

Aren´t they beautiful?


Kari Teruya Ryder Wilkie said...

Yes, they are beautiful!

nugi said...

As someone who study ants in Indo-Australia, I greatly welcome your Mystrium review.

I also appreciate your intent to deposit holotypes at MZB (I haven't visit MZB to check them ), especially with the lack of paratypes.

The tabular key is great for the completeness, but an addition of dichotomous key maybe more useful for non-specialists.

Thanks, and the ants are indeed beautiful. I'll let you know if I found them in the field.

Jochen Bihn said...

Thanks for your comment Nugi!

I thought that a dichotomous key would not be very useful to separate these 3 species. M. camillae is quite different from the other 2 species. To separate M. maren and M. leonie one should check each character given in the key. The tabular form allows to do that quite easily.

The are probably more species in the Indo-Australian region to discover. It would also be nice to learn more about the described species, e.g. the colony structure (see paper by Molet et al. for the unusual colony structure of Mystrium in Madagascar). Good luck with the hunt and let me know about your findings.

Anonymous said...

Yup, they're quite pretty, to an ant guy. Check out our images of Philippine ants at Your paper will help me identify our Mystrium specimens.
Dave General

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