The Ants of Africa
Genus Anochetus
Anochetus maynei Forel

Anochetus maynei Forel

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server}Type location Zaïre (Anochetus pellucidus Em. v. Maynei n. v., Forel 1913h: 347, queen only; raised to full species by Brown, 1978c: 601, illustrated, worker) collected at Congo da Lemba, by R Mayné; worker and queen described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Anochetus maynei}Forel's (1913h) description of the queen is at {original description}. Brown's (1978c) description of the worker is at {original description}.

WORKER - HL 1.50 mm, HW 1.38, eye length 0.30 mm, from Brown (1978, illustrated, Fig. 25).
Characters as in key, plus stout almost peg-like profile to petiole, seen from above the apex is lunate.

Brown based his elevation to species on specimens from Ghana, at CRIG and Kade (D. Leston), the labels indicated "active at night". A single worker was collected in leaf litter under secondary forest at CRIG, by Belshaw & Bolton (1994b).

{Anochetus maynei}The photomontage of the holotype queen is collated from

As Brown (1978) noted the petiole node of the queen does not match his designated workers and an associated ergatoid but the general morphology, head shape and alitrunk sculpture are similar. Images of the Brown specimens are not available on Antweb (September 2014).

A much closer match, however, appears to be the workers of Anochetus sudanicus both the type and fresh specimens sent to me.

{Anochetus maynei}The photomontage is collated from
CASENT0010779 Collection Information - Locality Gabon: Woleu-Ntem: 31.3 km 108° ESE Minvoul; 02°04'48"N 012°24'24"E 600 m; Collection codes: BLF01684; Date: 11 Feb 1998; Collected by: B.L.Fisher; Method: EC19 sifted litter; Habitat: rainforest; Transect Type: MW 50 sample transect, 5m Transect Sample No.: 42

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