The Ants of Africa
Genus Oecophylla
Oecophylla rufescens Santschi n. stat.

Oecophylla rufescens Santschi new status

return to key Type location - Congo (63. - Oecophylla longinoda LATR. v. rufescens n. var., Santschi, 1928f, worker and queen) collected at Brazzaville, by A. Weiss, worker & queen types; also from Cameroun, Molundu; Zare, Dungu, by Hutereau, and Yambata, by DiGiorgi - no images on Antweb (October 2014).

Santschi's (1928f) description is at {original description}. A dark form but with mandibles brown rather than black as in fusca and funiculi wholly brown, rather than with a light area as in annectens. Santschi noted how a queen of Crematogaster stadelmanni was found with the Oecophylla and remarked on the apparent mimicry of form This is certainly true of the queen below and the Cr. stadelmanni queen on the linked page.

Colour red-brown, brown-rust to darker, mandibles brown, scape concolourous


Oxford University Museum specimens

Oecophylla rufescens
B Taylor det.
Central African Republic
P Annoyer


6.vi.1998
Dzanga-Sangha
0301'49.5" N
1608'31.7" E


2
{album}
Oecophylla rufescens
B Taylor det.
Queen dealate
Central African Republic
P Annoyer
KQ
23.x.2008
Dzanga-Sangha
0301'49.5" N
1608'31.7" E
567 m; Camp 2; 23.x18h-6h
Sur plate-forme 40 m du sol dans un kungu, 50 m du camp
1
{album}
Oecophylla rufescens
B Taylor det.
Queen alate
Central African Republic
P Annoyer
GA

16.ii.2005
Dzanga-Sangha
0253'25.9" N
1610'26.4" E
409 m; 19h-6h; Camp 5
Sur plate-forme 40 m du sol dans un Kosipo (Entandrophragma candollei, Meliaceae)
1
{album}

{Oecophylla longinoda rufescens major}The photomontage is of workers from the Central African Republic, Dzanga-Sangha NP; Bayanga-Lidjombo, 06.vi.1998; collector Philippe Annoyer.


{Oecophylla longinoda rufescens queen}The photomontage is of a queen from the Central African Republic, Dzanga-Sangha NP; Bayanga-Lidjombo, 06.vi.1998; collector Philippe Annoyer.

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