The Ants of Africa
Genus Dorylus - Subgenus Alaopone
Dorylus (Alaopone) attenuatus Shuckard

Dorylus (Alaopone) attenuatus Shuckard

return to key Males - return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type locality Gambia? (Dorylus attenuatus, Shuckard, 1840c: 322, male) - see below
acuminatus (Dorylus (Alaopone) attenuatus var. acuminata n. var., Emery, 1899e: 462, male) from South Africa, Orange Free State - see below
australis (Dorylus (Alaopone) montanum Sants. stirps australis n. st., Santschi, 1919b: 231, worker; placed under attenuatus by Santschi, 1939a: 147, without any obvious reasons) from South Africa, Cape Province, Herschell District, G Arnold - see below
bondroiti (Dorylus (Alaopone) montanus Sants. var. Bondroiti n. var., Santschi, 1912b: 162, male) from South Africa, Transvaal, from Bondroit - see below
latinodis (Dorylus (Alaopone) attenuatus Shuck. race. latinodis, Forel, 1920: 479, male) from Zare - no images on Antweb (June 2014)
junior synonym umbratipennis (Dorylus (Alaopone) attenuatus Shuck. v. lumbratipennis n. var., Forel, 1909b: 52, male) from Zare - no images on Antweb (June 2014)
male only known (see Bolton, 1995) .

{DDorylus attenuatus type male genitalia}Shuckard's (1840c) description is at {original description} - he noted "I am not sure of the locality of this species, but I believe it is from the Gambia". Arnold (1915) provided a transcript of Shuckard's description, plus acuminata - this is at {original description}. Emery (1895j) provided a translation into German of Shuckard (1840c), and added illustrations of the genitalia - this is at {original description}, and Emery's (1899e) description of the acuminata male is at {original description}. Santschi's (1912b) description of the male of bondroiti is at {original description}. Santschi's (1919b) description of the worker of australis is at {original description}. Forel's (1920) description of the male of latinodis is at {original description}.

{Dorylus attenuatus bondroiti male genitalia}TL 21.7 mm; anterior wing 17 mm; seen from above the extremity of the stipe is rounded and divergent; wings dull (obscure), slightly yellowish, with reddish brown nerves; pale reddish; head black, mandibles and scape pitch; gaster dull; (Santschi, 1912b).

Forel (1909b) noted that the male umbratipennis, a single specimen collected by Tosquinet, from "Nini?" [probably actually Vivi]; differed from the type in having brown wings; in the type they are subhyaline and slightly yellowish.

{Dorylus attenuatus holotype male} The photomontage is of the holotype male collated from The state of the specimen makes it difficult to be sure but it seems likely that the two forms, bondroiti and acuminata, from South Africa are synonymous but are different to the type attenuata. The head of attenuata clearly is black as stated by Shuckard, the other two are reddish-brown. Assuming the Antweb scales are correct, the type attenuata is notably smaller than the others.

{Dorylus bondroti holotype male} The photomontage is of the bondroiti type male collated from

{Dorylus acuminata holotype male} The photomontage is of the acuminata type male collated from

{Dorylus attenuatus australis worker} The photomontage is of the australis type worker collated from

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