The Ants of Africa
Genus Monomorium
Monomorium cryptobium (Santschi)

fossulatum-group

Monomorium cryptobium (Santschi)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zare (Syllophopsis cryptobia nov. sp., Santschi, 1921c: 119, illustrated, worker) collected by Le Moult; worker only described (see Bolton, 1995) .


{Monomorium cryptobium}Santschi's (1921c) description is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1987) is at {original description}

WORKER - TL 1.3-1.7 mm; colour usually dull yellow to light brownish yellow, some Cameroun specimens darker medium brown (Bolton, 1987: 421).

Listed by Bolton (1987) as a minute leaf litter species found at IITA, Nigeria (A. Russell-Smith). In earlier versions of this website, I referred to finding it ground nesting and foraging at CRIN (specimen in my voucher collection apparently missed by Bolton; in my guide as Syllophopsis species 2), that identification (by me) clearly was wrong.

From Ghana, at Mampong (P.M. Room; D. Leston), CRIG (B. Bolton) and Axim (C.A. Collingwood) (Bolton, 1987). It was described as widespread by Belshaw & Bolton (1994b), who found 1475 workers from leaf litter samples, and 242 in soil samples, at sixteen locations in the semi-deciduous forest zone. In Ivory Coast, at Dropleu, Issoneu and Man (V. Mahnert & J.-L. Perret in October 1980); Cameroun at Nko'emvon (D.A. Jackson); also Gabon.


{Monomorium cryptobium type worker}The photomontage of the holotype (colour adjusted) is collated fromhttp://www.antweb.org/description.do?name=cryptobium&genus=monomorium&rank=species&project=.

See http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0235522 for a worker from Tanzania.


Oxford University Museum specimens

Monomorium cryptobium
B Taylor det.
Gabon
Y Braet
Gabon 186
17-22.v.2006
Pongara
0034' N
0919' E
Leaf litter, winkler funnel

1
{album}
Monomorium cryptobium
B Taylor det.
Gabon
Y Braet
Gabon 181
8.vi-20.vi.2006
Pongara
0034' N
0919' E
Pongara Base; winkler funnel
1
{album}

{Monomorium cryptobium}The photomontage is of a worker from Gabon, Pongara National Park; Camp Base; 9-20.vi.2006; Winkler Funnel of leaf litter; collected by Yves Braet, 2006.

Contents
2007, 2008, 2012 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.

href="monomorium_cryptobium.htm"