The Ants of Africa
Genus Melissotarsus
Melissotarsus emeryi Forel

Melissotarsus emeryi Forel

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Ethiopia (Melissotarsus Emeryi n. sp., Forel, 1907c: 133, worker; synonymy by Bolton, 1982: 335, also male & queen) nr R. Colba - see below
junior synonyms
pilipes (Melissotarsus Emeryi For. var. pilipes nov., Santschi, 1914b: 71, worker) from Kenya, Taveta and Tanzania, Kilimanjaro - see below
compressus (Melissotarsus compressus new species, Weber, 1952: 1, illustrated, queen only) from Central African Republic, Haut Mbo - no images on Antweb January 2019
(see Bolton, 1982, 1995) .

{Melissotarsus emeryi}Forel's (1907c) description is at {original description}. Santschi's (1914b) description of pilipes is at {original description}. Weber's (1952) illustrated description of the compressus queen is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1982) is at {original description}. In the wider text, page 335, Bolton had: M. emeryi and M. beccarii have pale yellow sclerotised males and females in which the petiole in dorsal view is quite broad (1.90-2.20 X broader than long).

{Melissotarsus emeryi}WORKER - TL 2.5-3.4 mm; similar to beccarii but with the anterior margin of the pronotum meeting the anterior declivity with a well defined angle or edge.

Bolton (1982) felt that this and beccarii could represent a single species, as intermediates are known.

From West Africa, apparently known solely from Ghana, CRIG (C.A. Collingwood), according to Bolton (1982), but Wheeler (1922) listed it from Senegal (at Thiès, by F. Silvestri); Bolton also listed specimens from Popokabaka, Zaïre, by ES Ross & RE Leech.

Collingwood (1985) reporting it from Saudi Arabia (with the illustration, right) from what he thought could be a relict population in a small remnant of old woodland. he noted a number of small colonies were found by scraping the bark of ancient, partially collapsed, tamarisk trees; whereas in West Africa it occurs high up on large forest trees and can only normally be discovered on felled trees.

The photomontage of the holotype is collated from

{Melissotarsus emeryi}The photomontage of the pilipes type is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Melissotarsus emery
B Taylor det.

Central African Republic
P Annoyer
QF bis

392 m; 18h-19h, Pendant l'ascension sur tronc de l'Azobé


{Melissotarsus emeryi male}The photomontage is of a male from Central African Republic, Dzangha-Sangha NP; collector P Annoyer (CAR QF bis)

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