Type location Cameroun
(Leptothorax cataulacoides, Snelling, 1992: 99,
illustrated full profile, alitrunk and gaster dorsum, and full face,
genus name change by Bolton (2003: 249) .
description is at .
WORKER - TL 1.73-1.85 mm; distinguished by the
11-segmented antennae, with SL<100; front and side of head
opaque, densely and minutely shagreened; similar sculpturation on
promesonotal dorsum; petiole without a noticeable anterior peduncle,
and a long spine on each side; postpetiole with a much thicker spine on
each side; gaster shiny and smooth; colour not given.
Collected from Big Ngwandi, Rumpi Hills, Southwest
Province (14-15.xi.1989, D. McKey); holotype worker and 16 paratypes
collected from the internodes of a myrmecophyte plant, Leonardoxa
africana (Snelling, 1992). Spelling catalaucoides amended
by Bolton (1995) to above, as derived from the genus Cataulacus (mis-spelt
by Snelling as Catalaucus)
because Snelling saw some similarity in the possession of sharp
pronotal angles, petiolar spines and pronounced subpetiolar process.
The photomontage is of
paratype specimen, collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=CASENT0172593.
photomontage is one of two specimens from Kenya, labelled as cataulacoides,
collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=CASENT0178300.
On the face of it the diagnosis seems
highly unlikely as the type was described as found only in
the internodes of a myrmecophyte that is unknown outside
a narrow area of Cameroun; the specimen shown on the list is a
Cameroun paratype but Antweb also has two specimens from Kenya
collected by Snelling, one is shown here. These differ somewhat
from the Cameroun
type, notably having a relatively longer head, shorter scapes, possibly
eyes, and generally much sharper coarse puncturation on the head.
HL 0.57 HW 0.53 CI 93 SL 0.39 SI 74 OI 0.20