I am pleased to announce that the first fruits of the collection trip to Xishuangbanna has emerged. Happy Birthday to Bannapone scrobiceps, a new species in the very rare genus Bannapone! Previously, this genus was known from only one dealate (not winged) queen, and our discovery of not only two individuals of the worker caste but of a whole new species is exciting indeed!
Figures 2 and 3 from the manuscript, respectively:
Citation: Guénard, B., B. Blanchard, C. Liu, D.R. Yang, and E. Economo. 2013. Rediscovery of the rare ant genus Bannapone (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Amblyoponinae) and description of the worker caste. Zootaxa 3734 (3):371-379. Access here (behind subscription barrier).