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CharacteristicsThe Melissotarsini have the following derived characters (Bolton 2003):
- Median portion of clypeus does not project back between antennal sockets
- Basitarsi of middle and hind legs short and stout
- Propodeal lobes absent
- Sternite of postpetiole reduced and very short
- Postpetiole broadly articulated to abdominal segment IV; articulation high on anterior face of segment IV
Bolton, B. 1994. Identification Guide to the Ant Genera of the World. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Bolton, B. 1995. A New General Catalogue of the Ants of the World. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. 370 pp. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute, Vol. 71. Gainesville, FL.
Hölldobler, B. and E. O. Wilson. 1990. The Ants. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Wheeler, G. C. & Wheeler, J. 1976. Ant larvae: review and synthesis. Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Washington 74: 1-108.
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