Dorylus (Dorylus) depilis Emery
Male Type locality Cameroun (Dorylus
affinis Shuck. var depilis n. var., Emery 1895j: 720, male;
254, worker & raised to species)
(Dorylus affinis Shuckard var.
1915c, 1917c: 19, male) from Za´re
male and workers
known (see Bolton, 1995) .
Emery's (1895j) description of the male is at . Forel's (1911e) description of the worker
is at . In translation, the latter reads - one
worker from Altkalabar has a different appearance; with similarity to affinis
(brevinodosus) in that the petiole ?? is shorter than wide; also
more curved and wider .
Santschi (1917c) noted the clarior male as
differing from depilis in being dull yellow or rusty yellow,
similar colour to affinis, depilis being notably
darker; head brown black; fore wings more than 16 mm long (15 mm in affinis);
pilosity as depilis. Specimens from Zambezi, by Durand, 1889;
and Za´re, Oubanghi, by Rev. P. Augustin, 1 male. He noted
specimens from Fernando Po were duller coloured than depilis;
and affinis variety ugandensis had a more rust head
which also was more transverse, with a shorter funiculus segment 2. See
affinis for comparison.
Wheeler (1922) indicates the type locality as "Gold
Coast", i.e. Ghana, also listing it as from Togo, Nigeria
(Old Calabar, by Bates; first in Forel, 1911e) and Cameroun
(Sj÷stedt and Conradt), plus several countries
eastwards to Uganda and Tanzania. Forel (1909b, 1911g)
found specimens in the Congo Museum from Za´re, Kitobola, by
Rovere, and Lukula, by Daniel.
photomontage is of what appears to be a large media of this species,
from Gabon; Pongara National Park; collector Yves
Braet (Gabon 08).
The diagnosis is not certain as the original species
is so poor, but the petiole is short and wider than long, and the
alitrunk overall longer and more slender than the other species which
are described as workers; the alitrunk appears lacking in pilosity and