||The Ants of Africa
Chapter 5 - Biodiversity 2009
Return to Diversity 2009
Species occurrence sorted by Zaire as the main criterion.
The top 14 species (i.e. those with records also from South
Africa, down to Tetramorium simillimum) are Pan-African taxa.
Below that there is a clustering of eastern Africa species.
Leptogenys intermedia is found essentially from Kenya
south to South Africa and the Zaire finding was from the extreme
eastern area of Lake Kivu.
A second species with such a dsitribution is Anoplolepis custodiens
but in that the Zaire finding was from the west coast port of Banana.
This analysis has led me to speculate that African records of Pachycondyla
(Trachymesopus) darwinii were of the similar but distinct Pachycondyla
The analysis also shows the anomaly of Crematogaster (Sphaerocrema)
gambiensis from South Africa and it seems likely that the record
was of Crematogaster (Sphaerocrema) hottentota.
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