Axinidris kinoin Shattuck
Type location Nigeria
(Shattuck, 1991: 115, illustrated, alitrunk and propodeal views,
specimen (as Engramma denticulatum, Taylor, 1978: 47). WORKER.
TL 3.2 mm, HL 0.82, HW 0.76, SL 0.68, PW 0.51
Colour deep red-brown, extremities lighter, shiny. Erect hairs sparse
on head and gaster, a few only on the pronotum of the alitrunk.
Abundant pubescence especially on the mesonotum and propodeum. Alitrunk
distinctly waisted in metanotal region. Propodeum with an obtuse
posterodorsal angle and two blunt lateral denticles. The petiole node
is thickened anteriorly (Shattuck, 1991).
Collected by me near ground level on vegetation at the
edge of a CRIN plantation road, West Block, opposite cocoa W22;
probably nesting in dead wood on the bushes and sharing foraging area
with Cataulacus moloch. The specimens became the designated
holotype and paratype workers (Shattuck, 1991). Shattuck seems not to
have seen the labels or my Field Guide. Snelling (2007) also made no
reference to my Field Guide nor to the information on this website
(first posted in 1998).
The similar species Axinidris denticulatum
(Wheeler), is known from Zaïre (as Engramma denticulatum, by
Wheeler, 1922a; Shattuck, 1991); and is separable by its lesser
sculpturation, lighter colour and smaller size.