The Ants of Africa
Genus Afroxyidris
Afroxyidris crigensis Belshaw & Bolton

Genus Afroxyidris Belshaw & Bolton (1994a: 631)


Genus and the sole species first described by Belshaw & Bolton (1994a).

Afroxyidris crigensis Belshaw & Bolton

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Ghana (Belshaw & Bolton, 1994a: 632, illustrated, full body profile, anterior views of head, worker) .

{Afroxyidris crigensis}WORKER - TL 1.41-1.50 mm; mandible with 2 apical teeth, followed by a long edentate margin and a small basal tooth; median portion of clypeus in the form of a transverse step and without longitudinal carinae or a median seta; antenna 10-segmented, 2-segmented club; eye absent marked by a pigmented spot; head without frontal carinae or antennal scrobes; alitrunk compact, metanotal groove shallow; propodeum unarmed and rounded, metapleural lobes small and rounded; petiole node evenly rounded in profile with a keel-like ventral process; first gastral tergite greatly overlapping first sternite; tibial spurs of middle and hind legs reduced to hairs; sting well-developed; head and body unsculptured, with fairly dense short hairs, most at 45 angle; colour yellow.

Single workers were found by R. Belshaw in Berlese funnel samples of cocoa leaf litter at two widely separated sites; the holotype from Poano (9.ix.1992) and the paratype from near Ofinso (2.xi.1992); it is regarded as subterranean (Belshaw & Bolton, 1994b).

{Afroxydris crigensis}The photomontage of the holotype is collated from

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