Contents The Ants of Egypt - notes on the content of "Distribution Cards"

NOTE: For simplicity -

  1. These cards are based on those in the "Ants of Africa" website and contain records for mainly sub-Saharan Africa; all the references, thus, are to be found on that website and may not be among the Egypt reference list
  2. The binomial names in the Species column are the definitive current species names; all records have been amended to use that name
  3. I have used a trinomial form to allow for differentiation of original records. In adopting trinomials, however, the third name is that of the lowest level in the original author's description, see below.
  4. Only the first named author is given; the date suffix x indicates a single paper in that year and is used for sorting purposes.
  5. Where I have used Taylor - 2005w - it is to indicate material original to my work and/or incorporated in the "Ants of Africa" website but not formally published elsewhere (other than on another website, as indicated in the main text).
  6. Wheeler - 1922xr - is used to denote information cited by Wheeler (1922) of which the original source is not presently clear (1922x citations are records directly from Zare in Wheeler, 1922).
  7. I have used the current geographical names for almost all countries but have retained "Zare" for the now Democratic Republic of Congo.
  8. In the last column, I have used the term "new variety" to indicate any description which refers to other than the type form. In modern papers, e.g. by Bolton, the common usage is for a single type form, with all variations reduced to "junior synonym" status, a system which I find submerges the extent of variation. As far as possible, in the text pages I have provided access to the original descriptions of "subspecies", "variety", or whatever.

For ease of entry in the source database/spreadsheet, I have omitted accents on names of people and places; these can be found in the main text - for authors on the species pages, and, for collectors and places on the geography pages.

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