The Ants of Africa
Genus Cataulacus
Cataulacus brevisetosus Forel

Cataulacus brevisetosus Forel

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server}Type location Angola (Cataulacus brevisetosus n. sp., Forel 1901d: 305, worker) - see below
junior synonyms
meduseus (Cataulacus meduseus n. sp., Santschi, 1939b: 245, worker) from South Africa - no images on Antweb (September 2014)
plebeja (Cataulacus pygmaeus André stirps lujae For. var. plebeja n. var., Santschi, 1916b: 508, worker) from Zimbabwe - see
worker and queen (?) only described (Bolton, 1974a: 31, illustrated). .

{Cataulacus brevisetosus}Forel's (1901d) description is at {original description}. Santschi's (1916b) description of plebeja is at {original description}. Santschi's (1939b) description of meduseus is at {original description}.

Bolton's modern description (1974a) is at {original description}. Note - the separation off by Bolton (1982) of the specimens of Cataulacus lujae and Cataulacus jeanneli, with their junior synonyms, suggests that the illustration he provided as "brevisetosus" (1976, figs 17 & 20) may not actually be this species. The workers from Cameroun and Gabon (identified by Bolton), shown below, however, do appear to match the drawing.  The males of jeanneli from Tanzania show the strong longitudinal rugae on the pedicel segments that were drawn by Santschi. A point of separation not otherwwise mentioned is that the femora on brevisetosus appear only weakly scuptured, whilst those on the male jeanneli have marked longitudinal rugae

WORKER - TL 2.7-4.0 mm (Forel gave TL 3 mm).

{Cataulacus brevisetosus}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Cataulacus brevisetosus
B Taylor det.

A Fotso Kuate
Cataulacus spA

03°54'30" N
11°25'58" E
Quadrat in fallow
Cataulacus brevisetosus
B Taylor det.
E Poirier
Yekepa Camp 4
Nimba County
07°33’04" N
08°33’17" E
SLAM trap
Floodplain & marsh
501 m asl

{Cataulacus brevisetosus}The photomontage is of a worker from Cameroun, Boga; collector A Fotso Kuate (Cataulacus sp A).

{Cataulacus brevisetosus}The photomontage is of a worker from Liberia, Yekepa Camp 4; collector E Poiriet (Camp 4 SLAM 2).

{Cataulacus brevisetosus}The photomontage is of a worker from Gabon, collated from

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