SUBFAMILY MYRMICINAE - Genus Cardiocondyla - Cardiocondyla
Cardiocondyla sahlbergi (Forel)
Iran list Type location Israel
(Cardiocondyla elegans Em. v sahlbergi n. v., Forel,
worker (not queen); Finzi, 1936: 166, illustrated, worker and queen;
listed as a species by
Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 56) Jourdain, Palestine, U Sahlberg -
Forel's (1913d) description is at . Finzi's (1936) description is at . Seifert's (2003) modern description is at
Egypt records -
Finzi (1936: 166); Mohamed et
gave a drawing of what they determined as wroughtonii; from the
drawing, however, it seems that the specimens were probably sahlbergi,
for instance the petiole of wroughtonii has a smoothly rounded
node whereas the Mohamed drawing shows a narrow node typical of sahlbergi,
the propodeum shows the same convexity as sahlbergi. In their
key, Mohamed et al, wrote of the head, alitrunk and appendages
being yellow and the gaster brown - as Finzi noted. Mostafa Sharaf has
checked the specimen shown below
(2003: 235) did not sight any specimens from Egypt and noted
"The very poor collecting activity in Egypt and Libya does not allow to
conclude an isolated position of the sample from Tunisia (10° E, 33°
N); Seifert did not refer to Agosti & Collingwood (1987a) as
raising it to species.
of the type worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0908341.
This is an enigma, as Forel (1913d) had the symbol for
queen but gave the TL as 2 mm. The size of the worker is about right
so, it seems whata Forel briefly described was the worker and not the
photomontage is of a worker from Egypt, taken by Mostafa Sharaf.
illustrated by Seifert (2003).
Oxford University Museum
B Taylor det.
pitfall trap; edge of grassland
is of a queen from Iran -
Sarab Lake, M Safariyan (18)
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