The Ants of Africa
Genus Cataulacus
Cataulacus erinaceus Stitz

Cataulacus erinaceus Stitz

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server}Type location Equatorial Guinea (Cataulacus erinaceus n. sp., Stitz, 1910, illustrated; Forel, 1913h: 350, queen) collected at Alen. by Tessmann - see below
junior synonym crassispina (Cataulacus erinaceus Stitz var. crassispina n. var., 1910Santschi, 1917b, worker) from Congo, Goda, collected by P. Chaleuf - http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0912549
plus material of nomen nudum princeps (Emery, in Forel, 1909b: 71) from Cameroun - see below.
(see Bolton, 1995) .


{Cataulacus erinaceus}Stitz's (1910) description is at {original description} and {original description}. Forel's (1913h) description of the queen is at {original description} Santschi's (1917d) description of crassispina is at {original description} Bolton's modern description (1974a) is at {original description}


{Cataulacus erinaceus}WORKER - TL 8.1-9.5 mm; diagnostic features as in key; very easily recognisable from size and sculpturation (Bolton, 1974a, illustrated full-face head and dorsal alitrunk); worker only known.

Forel (1909b) recorded the finding of Cataulacus princeps Emery, from Sankuru, Za´re, by Luja, but with no other information. Later (1915c), he recorded it from Batiamponde, Za´re, collected by Kohl, and "under bark".

In Ghana from the Atewa Forest Reserve (C.A. Collingwood; D. Leston).

Syntypes from Cameroun, at Mundame (L. Conradt, ? in Stitz, 1910); others from Meyo (C.A. Collingwood). Also collected widely from - Liberia, at Belleyella, Degain and Du River (W.M. Mann); and eastwards to Za´re (Bolton, 1974a).

Reported from Guinea, Mt. Nimba area, Mount T˘, four workers from station T 236, forest (Bernard (1952).

Apparently a deep forest species, known from large forest trees, and pictured in H÷lldobler & Wilson (1990, page 101).


Cataulacus erinaceusThe photomontage of a cotype worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0909222


Cataulacus erinaceus princepsThe photomontage of the worker of princeps is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0919584.
Note. Probably collected by L Conradt, who collected a number of species in Cameroun that were described by Emery (1899e). Forel (1909b: 71) listed by name only a finding of Cataulacus princeps Emery at Sankuru, Congo, by Luja. Emery (1922f: 296) catalogued it under C. erinaceus, as "sine descr.".  The worker here is notably smaller, HW 2.11 mm, than the type form and the range given by Bolton (1974a: 52) of HW = 2.22-2.70 mm.


Oxford University Museum specimens

Cataulacus erinaceus
B Taylor det.

Cameroun
G Debout & A Dalecky
Cameroon 103

24.iv.2001
BOU
3░13.31' N
10░15.01' E
on an understorey tree
2
{album}
Cataulacus erinaceus
B Taylor det.
Central African Republic
P Annoyer
KA
20.x.2008
Dzanga-Sangha
03░01'49.5" N
16░08'31.7" E
567 m; Camp 2; 18h-23h; A la base du kungu, Ó 50 m du camp
2

Cataulacus erinaceus
B Taylor det.
Central African Republic
P Annoyer
KI
21.x.2008
Dzanga-Sangha
03░01'49.5" N
16░08'31.7" E
567 m; Camp 2; Nuit; Au camp
1

Cataulacus erinaceus
B Taylor det.
Central African Republic
P Annoyer
EB
30.i.2005
Dzanga-Sangha
02░49’07.9" N
16░09’28.3" E
Camp 2; A vu : 11h-14h30, abords du camp; 377m asl
2
{album}
Cataulacus erinaceus
B Taylor det.
Cameroun
A Fotso Kuate
Cataulacus sp10
19.v.2007
Matomb
03░54'30" N
11░25'58" E
Quadrat in fallow
1
{album}

{Cataulacus erinaceus}The photomontage is of a worker from the Central African Republic, Dzanga-Sangha NP; collector Philippe Annoyer (CAR EB).


{Cataulacus erinaceus}The photomontage is of a worker from Cameroun, Matomb; collector A Fotso Kuate (Cataulacus fk sp 10).

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