Malayatelura ponerophila – a new genus and species of silverfish (Zygentoma, Insecta) from Malaysia, living in Leptogenys army-ant colonies (Formicidae)

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  • Luis F. Mendes,

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    1. Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical / Jardim Botânico Tropical – Zoologia, Rue da Junqueira 14, 1300–343 Lisboa, Portugal
    • Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical / Jardim Botânico Tropical – Zoologia, Rue da Junqueira 14, 1300–343 Lisboa, Portugal

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  • Christoph von Beeren,

    1. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department Biologie II, Grosshaderner Str. 2, 82152 Planegg-Martinsried, Germany
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  • Volker Witte

    1. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department Biologie II, Grosshaderner Str. 2, 82152 Planegg-Martinsried, Germany
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Abstract

A new species of myrmecophilous Atelurinae silverfish, which is considered to represent a new genus, is described from Peninsular Malaysia where it was collected in emigration columns of the predacious army-ant Leptogenys distinguenda (Formicidae: Ponerinae). The new genus is compared with those silverfish species whose praetarsus is devoid of empodium as well as with all the seventeen Atelurinae known from the Oriental Region. All previously described Atelurinae from Malaysia are known as strictly termitophilous and share the existence of complete praetarsus (2 claws plus one smaller unguiform empodium). (© 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

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