The Ants of Africa
Genus Cerapachys
Cerapachys vespula (Weber)

Cerapachys vespula (Weber)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Kenya (Phyracaces vespula new species, Weber, 1949a: 5, illustrated antenna, worker; combination in Cerapachys by Brown, 1975: 24) collected at Kavirondo at nearly 5000 feet asl, 17.ii.1948, by N A Weber - no type images on Antweb (March 2015)
junior synonym cooperi (Phyracaces Cooperi n. sp., Arnold, 1915: 18, worker; synonymy by Brown, 1975: 24) from South Africa, Umgani, Durban, C B Cooper
worker only described .

{Cerapachys vespula antenna}Weber's (1949a) description is at {original description}. Arnold's (1915) description of Phyracaces cooperi is at {original description}.

Note the Arnold specimens were notably longer, TL 4.2-4,5 mm; than those described by Weber, TL 3.8 mm.

The nomenclatorial oddity is due to prior naming, on an earlier page, of Cerapachys cooperi by Arnold (1915: 14) and the reduction of that to a junior synonym of Cerapachys afer Forel (1907) by Brown ((1975: 22).

{Cerapachys vespula cooperi}The photomontage of the holotype worker of cooperi is collated from

2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.