The Ants of Africa
Genus Cerapachys
Cerapachys sudanensis Weber

Cerapachys sudanensis Weber

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type locality South Sudan (Weber, 1942a: 42, illustrated, worker), Imatong Mountains, elev. 6000 feet - syntype images at
 junior synonym variolosus (Cerapachys variolosus n. sp., Arnold, 1949: 261, illustrated, worker & queen, synonymy by Brown, 1975: 23) from Zimbabwe, Hunyani - see below
(see Bolton, 1995) .

{Cerapachys sudanensis}Weber's (1942a) description is at {original description}. Arnold's (1949) illustrated description of variolosus is at {original description}.

{Cerapachys sudanensis}Nigeria specimens (as Cerapachys cribrinodis, Taylor, 1976: 33). WORKER. TL 2.83 mm, HL 0.59, HW 0.47, SL 0.42, PW 0.34
Colour dark red-brown, shiny. Sculpturation only of scattered hair-pits, coarsest on petiole, each hair-pit with a single long coarse seta. Antenna 11-segmented, with only the apical segment forming a club. Eyes quite large. Gastral constriction not very deep.
Collected by me at the base of a cocoa tree and nesting under a log on the ground; also in leaf litter (B. Bolton, specimens determined by Brown, 1975: 62). Brown gave the colour of the types as mahogany to piceous and the Nigeria specimens as black - I saw others of those as dark red-brown

Probably this species also has been reported from Ghana cocoa leaf litter by Room (1971).

{Cerapachys sudanensis}The photomontage of a paratype worker of variolosus is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Cerapachys sudanensis
B Taylor det.

V Grebennikov

Usambara Mts
505' S
3838' E
Amani NR, Zigi Lodge, 2200 m


{Cerapachys sudanensis}The photomontage is of a worker from the Usambara Mts, Tanzania; collector Vasily Grebennikov.

2007, 2008, 2010, 2013 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.