||The Ants of Africa
Contributors of specimens and information
The following lists the many people who have contributed specimens
and information to this website. Without them it would not exist in the
form it now does and I cannot express my thanks adequately for
their support, interest and encouragement.
Fundamental support and facilities
- Dr Donat Agosti, without whose vast efforts in developing and
curating the http://www.antbase.org/
website and his coworker, Dr Norm Johnson, who coordinates the
Hymenoptera Name Server (accessible from Antbase), together with the
collation of electronic versions of almost all the ant publications of
the whole world that has made my efforts possible.
- The American Museum of Natural History, New York, which kindly
hosts this website and Mark Breedlove, of their IT section for his
ongoing help and guidance.
- My friend, Dr Francis Gilbert, of the University of Nottingham,
arranged the original web hosting and has given me unfailing support
and encouragement over the last decade. He also is coordinator of the
Biomap project, of which the parallel website "Ants
of Egypt" forms a part.
- The Oxford University Museum of Natural History, who have lent
entomological cabinets and supplied materials for my taxonomic work.
The ants presently in my care and shown in my photographs will be
deposited in the Museum, thanks to the interest of Dr George McGavin
and on-going support from Darren Mann and his colleagues.
- Dr Brian Fisher and colleagues for their activity and their http://www.antweb.org/ site with its
assemblage of many excellent photographs of ants from Africa and
- Professor Alain Dejean also has very generously sent me copies of
all the many studies he and his colleagues have undertaken in Cameroun.
- Although much of the task has been self-funded, with the support
of my family and friends, the costs of information resourcing were met
by a grant from The Royal Entomological Society, and Messrs Intercept
furnished me with several of the works by Barry Bolton at a discount.
- From May 2002, this site is included on Natural Selection, which is a
gateway to quality evaluated Internet resources in the natural world,
coordinated by The Natural History Museum, London. Natural Selection is
part of BIOME, an
integrated collection of Internet gateways covering the health and life
Specific Country studies
- Benin - for specimens collected by Sévérin Tchibozo and
sent to me via Yves Braet, of Belgium - Benin.
- Benin - for specimens collected by Dr Jean-François
Vayssieres, IITA - Benin.
- Cameroun - Professor Doyle McKey and colleagues,
Montpellier University; collectors Dr Gabriel Debout and Dr Ambroise
Delecky - Cameroun.
- Cameroun - Apollin Fotso Kuate and colleagures, IITA
Cameroun - Cameroun - Fotso Kuate.
- Cameroun - Hauke Koch for Pheidole specimens
collected as part of his graduate project - Ants collected in
- Central African Republic - Drs Philippe Annoyer and Sam
Danflous for specimens from the former's study in the Nzanga-Ndoki
National Park - Central African Republic.
- Congo - Dr Yves Braet and Eric Zassi, for specimens from
24 h pitfall traps at Brazzaville - Brazzaville;
with a further pitfall trapping by Eric Zassi, in the Réserve de
Lésio-Louna, November 2007 to February 2008 - Réserve de Lésio-Louna.
- Ethiopia - Dr Serge Guiraud
specimens in the south-west Omo Region - Ethiopia.
- Gambia - Mike Lush, Ecologist of Bristol, UK, for
specimens collected while visiting the country and for active feedback
on the keys and descriptions - see http://sifolinia.blogspot.com/.
- Ghana - Dr S Sky Stephens, formerly University of Arizona,
specimens collected as part of her PhD study of forest ant ecology She
gained her PhD in Late-2008 - Ghana.
- Gabon - Dr Yves Braet, for specimens from his studies of
the ecology of the Pongara National Park - Gabon.
- Guinea & Ivory Coast - Dr Tanya Humle, for mainly
Driver Ants collected as part of her PhD research into chimpanzee
behaviour, based at Bossou in Guinea Humle (University of Wisconsin,
Madison) - Ants
collected in miscellaneous countries.
- Liberia - E Poiriet, for
specimens collected as part of an environmental impact assessment - Liberia (under preparation).
- Rwanda - Gabriel Bizimungu for specimens collecting during
an MSc study of the impact of ants on coffee in Rwanda and Australia - Ants collected in
- Senegal - Dr B Ndiaye, IFAN Dakar, for specimens collected
various surveys - Senegal.
- South Africa - Dr Peter Hlavác, for specimens collected in
South Africa - South Africa.
- Sudan - Miss Awatif Omer, MSc, for specimens from her
country - Sudan.
- Tanzania - the late Professor Shigeo Uehara, for mainly
Driver Ants collected as part of the Mahale (southern Tanzania)
observations of chimpanzee behaviour - Ants collected in
- Tanzania - Dr Vasily Grebennikov, for specimens from the
Uluguru Mountains, eastern Tanzania - Usambara Mountains, Tanzania.
- Tanzania - Dr George McGavin, for specimens taken in his
study of tree canopy insects in the Mkomazi Game Reserve - Mkomazi Game Reserve, Tanzania.
- Namibia - ants collected by Heather campbell, University
of Reading, and, separately Darren Mann, OUMNH - Namibia.
Miscellaneous - Ants
collected in miscellaneous countries
- Marco Aita, for ants collected from the Maldives, North
Malé, Ihuru Atoll - Ants
collected in non-African countries
- Armin Ionescu and Professor Joshua Kugler, University of Tel
Aviv, for specimens from Israel and Sinai - Ants collected in
- Jean-michel Kersaudy, France, for photographs of Messor
- David King for specimens from Benin, Kenya, Senegal,
Chad, Niger, Kuwait, Turkey, Italy
and Canary Islands, collected and photographed in the course of
his occupational travel - e.g. Ants collected in
- Professor Alain Lenoir, Université François Rabelais, Tours,
France, for Cataglyphis specimens from Burkina Faso and
Morocco - e.g. Ants collected in
- Omid Paknia, now studying in Germany, for ants collected as part
of his MSc research in Iran - Ants collected in non-African
- Dr Mostafa Sharaf, co-author for specimens from Egypt - "Ants
- Dr Mike Smith and Dr Francis Gilbert, University of Nottingham,
for specimens collected by the first during his PhD studies in Sinai, Egypt
- Marcus Stüben DFG-Graduiertenkolleg "Arthropodenverhalten"
Theodor-Boveri-Institut für Biowissenschaften der Universität Würzburg
(Biozentrum), Germany, for comments and translation of material on Pachycondyla
analis and related species; plus help with the glossary of German
- James C. Trager, Ph. D. Restoration Biologist / Ant Taxonomist
Shaw Nature Reserve, USA, for comments and advice on Paratrechina.
- James K. Wetterer, Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic
University, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458, USA -
correspondence on Paratrechina longicornis, Monomorium
destructor and Tapinoma melanocephalum.
- Ted C. Macrae, http://beetlesinthebush.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/africkaans-ants/,
and Joan at http://saphotographs.blogspot.com/
for photographs of Carebara vidua sexuals from South Africa.
- Beck, J. & Kunz, B.K. 2007. Cooperative self-defence:
Matabele ants (Pachycondyla analis) against African driver ants (Dorylus
sp.: Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News, 10,
- Yanoviak, S.P., Fisher, B.L. & Alonso, A. 2007. Arboreal ant
diversity (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in a central African Forest. Afr.
J. Ecol., 46, 60-66.
- Dejean, A., Kenne, M. & Moreau, C. S. 2007. Predatory
abilities favour the success of the invasive ant Pheidole
megacephala in an introduced area. Journal of Applied Entomology,
131 (9-10), 625-629 http://fm1.fieldmuseum.org/aa/Files/cmoreau/Dejean_et_al._2007__J._App._Ent._.pdf
- Dejean, A., Moreau, C. S., Uzac, P., Le Breton, J., & Kenne,
M. 2007. The predatory behavior of Pheidole megacephala. Comptes
Rendus Biologies, 330, 701-709 http://fm1.fieldmuseum.org/aa/Files/cmoreau/Dejean_et_al._2007_Comptes_Rendus_Biologies_.pdf
- Dejean, A., Moreau, C. S., Kenne, M. & Leponce, M. 2008. The
raiding success of Pheidole megacephala on other ants in both
its native and introduced ranges. Comptes Rendus Biologies, 331,
- Abdallah Dahbia, Abraham Hefetzb, A., & Lenoir, A. 2008.
Chemotaxonomy of some Cataglyphis ants from Morocco and Burkina
Faso. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 36, 564-572.
- Dino J. Martins. 2009. Pollination and Facultative
Ant-Association in the African Leopard Orchid Ansellia africana. Journal of East African
Natural History, 98,
Alex Wild has very nicely commented on this website at - http://myrmecos.wordpress.com/2008/11/16/brian-taylors-ants-of-africa/.
It is nice to feel "indispensable", or at least to know one's efforts
do work for others.
Dr Kate Parr, School of Geography and the Environment,
University of Oxford - http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/people/parrkate.php
- "I am currently working on some (ants) from Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game
Reserve in South Africa. I made some exciting finds including an Amblyopone
species. I have been using your website a fair bit which has been very
helpful". 27 August 2009
Dr. Marcell Peters, Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum A. Koenig,
BIOTA East Africa, Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany: "Many thanks
for your nice website on African ants. We (our working group) are using
it very often and greatly acknowledge the information presented there."
2 September 2009
Dr Brigitte M. Braschler, DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for
Invasion Biology, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch
University, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602, South Africa - "I am a
great fan of your website and very much appreciate the effort you have
made with the inclusion of original descriptions, distribution records,
and photographs. I often recommend the website to new research students
here. There are currently a number of students here doing work with
ants. Often their projects have to do with Argentine ants as this is
the Centre for Invasion Biology, but also more general biodiversity
work is done." 29 April 2009.
Amy Wade, PhD student, Department of Agriculture, University
of Reading, UK - currently using the site for identification of ants
from Ghanaian cocoa.
Heather Campbell, PhD student, School of Biological Sciences,
University of Reading, UK - currently using the site for identification
of ants involved in savannah ant-Acacia mutualisms in Africa.
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