Seiki Yamane

Seiki Yamane
Kagoshima University | Kadai · Kagoshima University Museum

Doctor of Agriculture

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Introduction
I worked at Kagoshima University (Faculty of Science/ Graduate School of Science and Engineering) from 1st November 1980 to 31st March 2014. Now I am working in a small lab at home.
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April 2014 - December 2014
Kagoshima University
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Description
  • I am now working at a small lab in my house with a reference collection of ants mainly from Southeast Asia. Most of my ant specimens will finally be deposited in the entomological collection at the Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human History.

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Despite a legacy of extensive deforestation, the 720 km2 city state of Singapore still harbours impressively diverse flora and fauna. Given increasing evidence of global insect declines, we urgently need to better document and protect local insect diversity. Numerous species of ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) have been recorded or described from Sin...
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Several phragmotic species in the ant genus Carebara Westwood, 1840 with a cephalic shield are known from the Old World, but species with an anteriorly truncated head seem to be unknown until now. A new species, resembling the phragmotic workers of the ant genus Colobopsis, is here described as Carebara colobopsis Hosoishi & Yamane, sp. nov., based...
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In Japan, nine species have been known in the ant genus Tetramorium , of which five or more are considered tramps. A key to the queens of nine Tetramorium species found in Japan is presented. The tramp species T. tonganum Mayr, 1870 is excluded from the key because no queen was available for us, while T. pacificum Mayr, 1870 is included because it...
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Currently, 16 species of the genus Ooceraea Roger, 1862 are known from the Oriental, Australian and Oceanian realms, but no identified species have ever been recorded from Thailand. Here Ooceraea siamensis sp. n. is described from Thailand based on the worker and dealate queen. The new species is most similar to O. biroi (Forel, 1907), a species wi...
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First Record of the Ant Subgenus Orthonotomyrmex of the Genus Camponotus from Nepal (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Subedi, I. P., Budha, P. B., Bharti, H., Alonso, L., Yamane, S. — Th e ant subgenus Orthonotomyrmex Ashmead, 1906 of the genus Camponotus is reported for the fi rst time from Nepal. Five species from this subgenus are recognized as new rec...
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Camponotus megalonyx Wheeler, 1919 is an ant species nesting in rattan and represents the single member of the subgenus Myrmopalpella Stärcke, 1934. Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) dracocephalus Stitz, 1938, syn. nov., described from a queen with a strangely shaped head is synonymised with C. megalonyx, based on the comparison of a queen from Sabah (Borne...
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The myrmicine genus Rotastruma is a rarely collected arboreal ant group and only two species, R. recava Bolton and R. steno-ceps Bolton, are known from the Oriental Region. A new species, R. epispina sp. nov., is described from Cambodia based on the worker and queen castes. The new species is distinguished from R. recava and R. stenoceps by having...
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A scoliid wasp, Liacos melanogaster Tsuneki, 1982, was described based on three specimens collected from the Osumi Peninsula, southernmost part of Kagoshima-ken (prefecture), Kyushu, Japan. All the previous collection data are reviewed, showing that this species has been found only in the Osumi Peninsula. The last collection date was 3rd July 1980,...
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Thelytokous reproduction by dealate queens in Monomorium hiten Terayama, 1996, collected from four islands of the Nansei Islands (Okinawa Prefecture, Japan) was confirmed in the field and laboratory. Dissection revealed that all dealate queens (N = 38) found in nine field collected colonies were uninseminated. Orphan colonies reared in the laborato...
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In Mongolia, there are 19 known social wasp species (12 spp. in Vespinae, 7 spp. in Polistinae), for some of which defi nite collection data are needed to confi rm their actual occurrence in this country. New distribution data are provided for seven vespine species and four Polistes species from Mongolia. Taxonomic comments are given to each specie...
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One colony of Leptanilla clypeata Yamane et Ito was collected in the type locality, the Bogor Botanical Gardens, West Java, Indonesia. The colony was composed of one ergatoid queen, 100 workers, and 120 almost uniformly sized larvae. Queen behavior was observed in the laboratory. As shown in L. japonica by Masuko (1989), the queen showed larval hem...
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Th e ant subgenus Orthonotomyrmex Ashmead, 1906 of the genus Camponotus is reported for the fi rst time from Nepal. Five species from this subgenus are recognized as new records for Nepal, namely Camponotus mutilarius Emery, 1893, C. opaciventris Mayr, 1879, C. sericeus (Fabricius, 1798), C. lasiselene Wang & Wu, 1994 and C. selene (Emery, 1889). A...
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Thailand has a great diversity of ant fauna as a zoogeographical crossroads and biodiversity hotspot. The last publication presenting a Thai ant checklist was published in 2005. In the present paper, based on an examination of museum specimens and published records, a comprehensive and critical species list of Thai ants is synthesized. Currently, 5...
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China’s Hengduan Mountain region has been considered one of the most diverse regions in the northern hemisphere. Its stunning topography with many deep valleys and impassable mountain barriers has promoted an astonishing diversification in many groups of organisms including plants, birds, mammals, and amphibians. However, the insect biodiversity in...
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Forty-three species and two subspecies of the genus Myopias Roger, 1861 have been known from the Australian, Oceanian, Oriental, and southern Sino-Japanese realms. Among them, four species are known from Borneo. In this paper three new species are described from Sabah (East Malaysia), Borneo, based on the worker caste and dealate gyne: Myopias etsu...
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Members of the genus Syscia Roger, 1861 are rare ants of the subfamily Dorylinae. Currently, five valid species are known in the genus, but none have been recorded for Thailand. Here we record this genus for the first time from Thailand, and describe two new species, Syscia chaladthanyakiji sp. n. and Syscia reticularis sp. n., based on the worker...
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Diagnostic features of the queens of all the nine Japanese species of the ant genus Pheidole are presented for the first time. Two different keys to the species are given in both Japa-nese and English languages. The Japanese species include four tramps including a famous invasive species, P. megacephala. The keys may be of practical importance in i...
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The maritime trap-jaw ant Odontomachus malignus Smith, 1859 is thought to be widespread throughout islands in the Indo-Pacific and parts of the Oriental realm. Because of its unique nesting preference for harsh littoral habitat and distinct morphology, O. malignus has usually been assumed to consist of only one species. We, however, describe a new...
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The natural history of the vespine wasps is presented with the following topics: brief interaction to Vespinae, distribution world-wide, Daily activity, Foraging, Nest structure, Nest sites, Larval development, Colony cycle and social S¥structure, Caste, Queen control and communication, Natural enemies, Defense of the colony, Social parasitism.
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Two tramp ant species in the genus Pheidole, i.e., P. magacephala and the P. parva-complex (new to mainland Japan), were found to be already established in mainland Kagoshima, South Japan. They inhabited ho-tel/residential areas of Ibusuki-shi, Satsuma Peninsula along the coast; P. megacephala nest entrances were seen on the ground surface. In the...
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The male of the genus Anillomyrma is described for the first time based on the material collected in northern Thailand. The male of A. decamera (Emery, 1901) is characterized by the following features: large body size, heavily constructed body, virtual lack of propodeal lobe, small spiculum on anterior margin of abdominal sternum IX, and relatively...
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Two new species of the ant genus Myrmecina Curtis, 1829 are described and illustrated based on the worker and queen castes collected in Sumatra, Indonesia under the names M. andalas sp. nov. and M. nitidiuscula sp. nov. Each species displays unique morphological characteristics. Myrmecina andalas sp. nov. is characterized by a combination of the fo...
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Two new species of the ant genus Myrmecina Curtis, 1829 are described and illustrated based on the worker and queen castes collected in Sumatra, Indonesia under the names M. andalas sp. nov. and M. nitidiuscula sp. nov. Each species displays unique morphological characteristics. Myrmecina andalas sp. nov. is characterized by a combination of the fo...
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The activity of foraging ants was studied throughout two years in warm temperate Japan (residential area in an urban site of Kagoshima-shi, South Kyushu). Thirty honey bait traps were set up twice each month in the first year, and 30 powdered cheese bait traps once each month in the second year. For both bait types the activity level was constantly...
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The worker caste of the ant species Protanilla schoedli is discovered and described for the first time based on specimens collected across Sri Lanka. The specimens examined demonstrate within-species morphological variations in body size, petiolar shape and colour. A distributional map and worker images to facilitate its identification are provided...
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A list of myrmicine and pseudomyrmecine ants from Lambir Hills National Park, Sarawak, Borneo is presented with biological information. A total of 227 species (214 in Myrmicinae and 13 in Pseudomyrmecinae) in 30 genera (29 and 1 respectively) are recorded, of which 133 (58.6%) are identified at species level. The most specious genus is Creamatogast...
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Two paratype workers of Brachyponera mesoponeroides Radchenko, 1993 were examined. As the result, this species disagreed with Brachyponera but well agreed with Hypoponera in some important diagnostic characters separating the two genera: the apicoventral part of metatibia without a small and simple spur in front of a large and pectinate spur; outer...
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Leptogenys atra sp. n., L. chalybaea, and L. cyanicatena sp. n. are described from Southeast Asia. These three species are distinguished from other congeners by their eye position and the shapes of the clypeal median lobe and petiolar node. The L. chalybaea species group is proposed based on the similarity of these three species. A key to the speci...
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A new species of the ant genus Calyptomyrmex Emery, 1887 is described from Laos under the name C. laotius sp. nov. based on the worker caste. This species is easily distinguished from promesonotum. Calyptomyrmex rectopilosus Dlussky & Radchenko, 1990 is recorded from Hong Asia is provided. The distributional pattern of Calyptomyrmex in continental...
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A new species of the ant genus Calyptomyrmex Emery, 1887 is described from Laos under the name C. laotius sp. nov. based on the worker caste. This species is easily distinguished from promesonotum. Calyptomyrmex rectopilosus Dlussky & Radchenko, 1990 is recorded from Hong Asia is provided. The distributional pattern of Calyptomyrmex in continental...
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The Taiwanese species of the ant genus Technomyrmex are revised with recently collected material. Five species are recognised, three in the T. albipes species group and two in the T. bicolor species group, including one new species, T. formosensis sp. nov., and two newly recorded species. The occurrence of T. albipes, previous records of which were...
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The rare ant genus Leptanilla was discovered in Macau SAR, China for the first time, which represents the second record for this genus in southeastern China. Through the detailed examination, the new species Leptanilla macauensis sp. nov. described here has unique character conditions particularly in the structure of the clypeus and subpetiolar pro...
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Biologists frequently sort specimen-rich samples to species. This process is daunting when based on morphology, and disadvantageous if performed using molecular methods that destroy vouchers (e.g., metabarcoding). An alternative is barcoding every specimen in a bulk sample and then presorting the specimens using DNA barcodes, thus mitigating downst...
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Active colonies of the famous tramp ant Anoplolepis gracilipes were found for the first time on mainland Kyushu, southern Japan in 2017. They were located in container yards and their nearby sites on the plots of New Kagoshima Port and Taniyama Port. A nest located at Taniyama Port was a large mature colony containing many winged queens and males,...
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Ants and termites are highly abundant in tropical forest soil, but their role in soil CO2 emission is poorly understood. Our goal in this study was to determine the CO2 emission from nests of ants and termites in a tropical rainforest in Sarawak (Borneo), Malaysia. The study was conducted in Lambir Hills National Park, Miri. We located nests of ant...
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The Neotropical ant Strumigenys eggersi is recorded for the first time in the Old World, specifically from Singapore. Six queens and 10 workers in total were collected from Malaise trap (4 queens) and leaf litter samples (2 queens, 10 workers) respectively, on the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus. DNA barcodes (COI, 313 bp) amplified f...
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This paper presents the first comprehensive description of the ant fauna of Cambodia, most of which has not yet been extensively surveyed. The aim was to investigate ground-dwelling and arboreal ant fauna in three types of lowland forest in Cambodia and assess the bioindicator value of ant communities along forest disturbance gradient. The ground a...
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In the present study, we formally record Odontoponera denticulata (F. Smith, 1858) from Taiwan for the first time. Previous records of O. transversa from Taiwan should be removed. We also studied variation in the sculpture of the mesosoma in the worker caste, examining specimens from the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwa...
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The Trigonalidae (=Trigonalyidae) fauna of Japan is reviewed. Five genera and ten species are recognized. Key to Japanese genera and species are presented.
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The monotypic ant genus Xymmer Santschi, 1914 was established for X. muticus (Santschi, 1914) which has so far been known only from the West African subregion. The genus is easily distinguishable from the other amblyoponine genera by the anteromedian part of clypeus which is produced as a short rectangular lobe. Additional undescribed species had b...
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Two new species of the ant genus Pristomyrmex Mayr belonging to the P. profundus Wang group are described from the Oriental Region: P. leleji Yamane et Dias, sp.n. from Thailand, and P. sinharaja Dias et Yamane, sp.n. from Sri Lanka. A key to species of the Pristomyrmex profundus group is presented.
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Pheidole leloi is described as a new species based on a colony series collected in an evergreen forest on the Da Lat Plateau’s eastern edge (Hon Ba Nature Reserve, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam). It is the fi rst discovery of the Pheidole quadricuspis group in the Indo-Chinese Peninsula. The p-distance between COI sequences of P. leloi and its putati...
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A nest of the invasive alien hornet Vespa velutina nigrithorax du Buysson 1905 was collected on 1st September 2015 from Kitakyushu, Kyushu, western Japan. This represents a first record of the species from mainland Japan. The foundress of the colony might have been transported with ferry cargos from Korea or China. The nest measures 35 cm long and...
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The ant genus Odontomachus Latreille is reviewed for Sumatra, the sixth largest island in the world and located in western Indonesia. Previously three species were recorded from the island: O. simillimus F. Smith, O. rixosus F. Smith, and O. latidens Mayr. We add two species to the fauna, O. procerus Emery stat. nov and Odontomachus minangkabau sp....
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The ant genus Bannapone was established by Xu in 2000 and has been recognized as one of the rarest ant genera in the world. In the course of our careful examination of Asian species of Stigmatomma, we have found that the following Stigmatomma species share a unique morphological characteristic in mandibular dentition with Bannapone mulanae and B. s...
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A new species of the eumenid genus Anterhynchium is described from Japan. This new species, A. gibbifrons sp. n., was not noticed by Japanese hymenopterists until recently, but in these three years it has been found to be rather common in Fukui Prefecture, Honshu, Japan. A key to the Northeast Asian species of the genus Anterhynchium is presented,...
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A unique new s ecies of the Aenictus achycerus s ecies grou , Aenictus sirenicus, is described from Borneo based on the worker caste. Features characteristic of this species are discussed.
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We examined for the first time the effects of livestock grazing on ant species richness, structure of ant communities and nesting density in three different habitat types and natural and grazed conditions in the Bogdkhan Mountains region, North-Central Mongolia. Twenty one species of ants were recorded in the studied area. The most species rich gen...