Meranoplus nanus André
Type location Gabon
(Meranoplus nanus nov. sp.,
André, 1892a: 55, worker) collected by Mocquerys; worker only
described (see Bolton, 1995) .
(1892a) description is at . Bolton's modern
description (1981a) is at
WORKER - TL 2.8-3.8 mm, HL 0.78-0.92, HW 0.74-0.86, SL
0.56-0.70, PW 0.80-0.90; distinguished as in key; especially propodeal
spines separating it from inermis; colour mid to dark brown,
usually gaster darker (Bolton, 1981a: 53, illustrated, lateral alitrunk
and pedicel, promesonotal shield).
The description of a queen from Kindia, Guinea
Santschi (1914d: 351) was not mentioned by Bolton (1981a), although
listed by Wheeler (1992: 888), but was a Meranoplus
Bolton (1981a) also reported findings from Zaïre,
Uele by L. Burgeon, and Katanga, Kanzanze by N. Leleup; also from Tanzania.
of a queen collected from
South Africa, Kruger National Park, Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, Mpumalanga
Province, S 25°28'51" E 31°16'06"; 596m; Sam
overall characteristics, such as the profile of the predicel segments
and the density and length of the pilosity, appear to fit with nanus but as the queen has never
been reported, let alone described, I cannot be sure.