The Ants of Africa
Genus Cataulacus
Cataulacus moloch Bolton

Cataulacus moloch Bolton

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server}Type location Ghana (Bolton, 1982: 361, illustrated, profile of head, alitrunk and pedicel, worker) collected at Pankese (C.A. Collingwood, 24.xi.68); also one paratype .


Bolton's description is at {original description}.


{Cataulacus moloch}Nigeria specimen (as Cataulacus brevisetosus Forel, Taylor, 1979: 7). WORKER. TL 3.1 mm, HL 0.78, HW 0.74, SL 0.38, PW 0.60
Others: TL 3.4, HL 0.90, HW 0.80, SL 0.42, PW 0.60 .
Occipital corners denticulate with a second denticle on the occipital margin close to the corner. Sides of head behind the eyes usually minutely denticulate. Dorsum of head and pronotum finely and densely reticulate-rugose. Remainder of alitrunk usually more rugose longitudinally, as are the petiole and postpetiole. Gaster dorsally finely and densely reticulate-punctate. Alitrunk marginate laterally, especially on the pronotum. Pronotal margin with a row of small or minute denticles, plus a few also on the mesonotal and propodeal margins and occasionally on the outer borders of the propodeal spines. The propodeal spines are short but distinct. The subpostpetiolar process is a simple blunt spine. On the clypeus and usually on the remainder of the dorsum of the head the hairs are short and stout, clavate or sub-orbicular. The remainder of the body has numerous short, stout simple hairs.
My collections included the 2 paratype workers listed by Bolton (1982) from cocoa tree 47-16 at Onipe block, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre, where it was seen several times in the 1975 wet season. Otherwise (as Cataulacus brevisetosus) my staff and I noted that it was quite commonly found on cocoa and shrub vegetation, nesting in hollow twigs, and tending Homoptera, it was also found on coffee (for instance at the coffee plots, SC and S8/2 and on edge vegetation at W22). Earlier found at CRIN (B. Bolton), and at Araromi (Bolton, 1974a), and possibly one of the unnamed species in Booker (1968).


Cataulacus molochThe photomontage of the holotype is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0900270


Oxford University Museum specimens

Cataulacus moloch
B Taylor det.

Benin
J-F Vayssieres
RVA 3096.9

9.xi.2011
Kika-Beterou
0914'07'' N
0211'52'' E
Isoberlinia doka
beating

1
{album}
Cataulacus moloch
B Taylor det.
Liberia
E Poirier
Yekepa Camp 4
SLAM 2
6.iv.2013
Nimba County
0733’04" N
0833’17" E
SLAM trap
Floodplain & marsh
501 m asl
1
{album}
Cataulacus moloch
B Taylor det.
Liberia
E Poirier
Yekepa Camp 4
SLAM 4
6.iv.2013
Nimba County
0733’04" N
0833’17" E
SLAM trap
Floodplain & marsh
501 m asl
3
{album}

{Cataulacus moloch}The photomontage is of a worker from Benin, Kika-Beterou; collector A Fotso Kuate (RVA 3096).


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

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