The Ants of Africa
Genus Calyptomyrmex
Calyptomyrmex piripilis Santschi

Calyptomyrmex piripilis Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server}Type location Zaïre (Calyptomyrmex piripilis n.sp., Santschi, 1923e: 282, worker), collected at Manyema, Niemba-Tengo by Gérard - see below
junior synonyms
cataractae (Calyptomyrmex cataractae n. sp., Arnold, 1926: 283, worker) from Zimbabwe, Rain Forest, Victoria Falls, G Arnold - no images on Antweb (September 2014)
litoralis (Calyptomyrmex cataractae litoralis n. subsp., Arnold, 1948: 221, worker) from South Africa, Richards Bay, Zululand, J C Faure - no images on Antweb (September 2014)
punctatus (Calyptomyrmex (Calyptomyrmex) punctatus new species, Weber, 1952: 24, illustrated, worker) from Kenya, near Tanzania border, 1º38'S 35º17'E - no images on Antweb (September 2014)
Worker and possible female known (see Bolton, 1995) .

Santschi's (1923e) description is at {original description}. Arnold's (1926) description of cataractae is at {original description}. Arnold's (1948) description of litoralis is at {original description}. Weber's (1952) description of punctatus is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1987) is at {original description}

{Calyptomyrmex piripilis}Santschi's description (1923e: 282, worker, my translation) is
WORKER - TL 3.4 mm. Very similar in colour and aspect to C. nummuliticus but differing as follows - Head and thorax more distinctly longitudinally striated. The hairs, which are very swollen, are "piriforme" (?like peppers?) and not circular like those of nummuliticus. The head is not so wide behind and the thorax also is narrower. The propodeum dorsum is more transversely concave and more strongly bordered, finely granulated, rugose, whereas it is grossly rugose in nummuliticus. The petiole is a little higher than the postpetiole and more rounded, a little shorter than in nummuliticus. The postpetiole is more than twice as wide as long but noticeably shorter than in nummuliticus. A single worker only seen.

{Calyptomyrmex piripilis}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from

{Calyptomyrmex piripilis}The photomontage is collated from
Locality: Central African Republic: Prefecture Sangha-Mbaéré; Parc National Dzanga-Ndoki, Mabéa Bai, 21.4 km 53° NE Bayanga; 03°02'00"N 016°24'36"E 510m Collection Information: Collection codes: BLF4000. Date: 1-7 May 2001. Collected by: B.L.Fisher. Method: EC19 sifted litter. Habitat: rainforest. Transect Type: MW 50 sample transect, 5m Transect Sample No.: 40.

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