Cataulacus lujae Forel
Type location Zaïre
(Cataulacus Lujae n. sp.,
Forel, 1911c: 311, worker; Forel, 1914d: 220, queen & male; Forel,
1916: 427, queen & male) Kondué, collector Luja - see below and (type) http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0909233
junior synonym gilviventris
(Cataulacus Lujae Forel v. gilviventris n. v., Forel, 1913b:
316, queen) from Zaïre, collector J. Bequaert - no images on Antweb (September 2014)
known (see Bolton, 1995) .
Forel's (1911c) description is at . Forel's (1913b) description of gilviventris
is at . Forel's (1914d) report,
with descriptions of the queen & male (from Zimbabwe & South
Africa) is at . Arnold (1917: 397) gave a translation,
this is at , with notes on its finding in Zimbabwe.
WORKER - diagnostic characters as per the key.
The species was revived from synonymy with Cataulacus
brevisetosus by Bolton (1982: 358, not illustrated). His 1974
description forewarned of this by drawing attention to the wide size
range of brevisetosus. However, Bolton (1982) did not describe
either C. jeanneli or C. lujae.
Bequaert (1922, p 370) wrote of it (variety gilviventris)
as nesting in empty lepidopterous galls on a tree at Kabanza, near
Extrapolating from the earlier brevisetosus list
of findings (Bolton, 1974a), the following may be correct, or may
Possibly, the species found in Ghana cocoa at
Akosombo and Domfen (C.A. Collingwood), CRIG (B. Bolton), Mampong,
Enchi and Legon (D. Leston) (Bolton, 1974a) and, later, at Kade by
Majer (1975, 1976b), using pkd, with some 70 workers per sample, and in
137/144 samples in the main study plot. Curiously, perhaps, not found
in any of the 168 samples of insolated canopy collected by Room (1971).
Found in small numbers by canopy pkd from both Crematogaster
clariventris and Oecophylla longinoda dominated areas of a
block of mature Amelonado cocoa at CRIG by Bigger (1981a).
Bolton (1982), without details, has Nigeria,
possibly CRIN (B. Bolton) and Araromi (?); and Cameroun (possibly,
D.A. Jackson) as further countries from which it is recorded.
photomontage is of a worker from Congo, Réserve de Lésio-Louna,
S 03°16'58.6" E 015°28'26.2"; 19-20.xi.2007; nsp 42; pitfall trap 17, t
1.1; wooded savannah; collected by Eric Zassi.