Leptogenys elegans Bolton
Type location Nigeria
(Bolton, 1975a: 265, illustrated, head, plus eye shape); holotype
worker and two paratype workers were collected by Bolton from the stump
of a rotten tree branch at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi
Ayunre, 10.ix.1969 .
specimen (Taylor, 1976: 23). WORKER. TL 4.50-4.90 mm, HL 0.96-1.02, HW
0.68-0.72, SL 0.89-0.94, PW 0.58-0.62
Colour black, extremities yellow-brown, shiny. Coarsely sculptured with
fovea smaller on head than elsewhere on body. Collection as the
holotype by B. Bolton.
Observed foraging on native trees and cocoa in Ghana,
including pkd collections, at Pankese Cocoa Station (1 worker, C.A.
Collingwood, 10.ix.1969), Bunso (6 workers by pkd, 7 and 30.vii.1969),
CRIG (1 worker, ant ecology sample, 8.x.1966) and Asikaisu (1 worker,
ant ecology sample, 9.ix.1969) (all by D. Leston).
Also from Ivory Coast, at Plantation Niecky, 40
km west of Abidjan (5 workers, W.L. Brown, 14.i.1963); and Cameroun
at Byime-Assi (G. Terron) (all above in Bolton, 1975a).
The photomontage is of a
male from Gabon;
Pongara National Park, Pointe Wingombe; collector Yves Braet.
Although the male is unreported and undescribed, the petiole matches
that of the worker and, so, I have placed this specimen here.