Subfamily MYRMICINAE
Tribe DACETINI

Strumigenys pilinasis Forel

Pyramica pilinasis full face view
Pyramica pilinasis side view
Strumigenys pilinasis, full face view of worker (click photo to enlarge).
Strumigenys pilinasis, side view of worker (click photo to enlarge).
Strumigenys pilinasis, full face view of worker (click photo to enlarge).
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Strumigenys pilinasis, side view of worker (click photo to enlarge).
Photo courtesy of http://www.antweb.org/
Strumigenys pilinasis is in the clypleata group. Some characteristics of the clypeata group are: mandibles either serially dentate or with a small gap between basal lamella and basal tooth; clypeus with anterior margin convex in full face view and straight to feebly convex on lateral margins; a peripheral groove found along edge of the clypeus that gives a bimarginate appearance (not always obvious, stronger in some members of the group than others); lateral clypeal margins with a fringe of simple to spatulate hairs that curve anteriorly or anterolaterally; leading edge of scape with all hairs directed toward apex of scape; and pronotal humeral hair long and flagellate. This species looks a lot like S. laevinasis, but the hairs on the clypeus are all narrowly linear-spatulate or flattened and spatulate in apical half and truncate apically; in S. laevinasis, the hairs are simple. Strumigenys ohioensis is also similar looking, but the hairs on the clypeal margins are J-shaped.
Distribution of Strumigenys pilinasis in Mississippi.