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23 March 2021 Description of the Queen of the Arabian Endemic Dolichoderine Species Tapinoma wilsoni Sharaf & Aldawood, 2012 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) with the First Illustrated Key to Queens of the Arabian Tapinoma Foerster, 1850
L.A. Al-Keridis, N.M. Gaber, A.S. Aldawood, M.R. Sharaf
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We describe the queen caste of the Arabian endemic species Tapinoma wilsoni Sharaf & Aldawood, 2012 from the type locality (Dhi Ayn Archaeological Village) located in the southwestern mountains of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We present the first illustrated key to the Arabian TapinomaFoerster, 1850 based on the queen castes. Three species are recognised from the Arabian Peninsula,T. melanocephalum (Fabricius, 1793), T. simrothi Krausse, 1911 and T. wilsoni Sharaf & Aldawood, 2012.

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L.A. Al-Keridis, N.M. Gaber, A.S. Aldawood, and M.R. Sharaf "Description of the Queen of the Arabian Endemic Dolichoderine Species Tapinoma wilsoni Sharaf & Aldawood, 2012 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) with the First Illustrated Key to Queens of the Arabian Tapinoma Foerster, 1850," African Entomology 29(1), 233-237, (23 March 2021). https://doi.org/10.4001/003.029.0233
Received: 29 September 2020; Accepted: 1 November 2020; Published: 23 March 2021
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