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Oligomyrmex (Aneleus) menozzii Ettershank

Oligomyrmex (Aneleus) menozzii Ettershank

Major - return to key Minor - return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Fernando Po I. (Erebomyrma eidmanni, Menozzi, 1942: 170, illustrated, major, minor & queen; replacement name menozzii Ettershank, 1966: 124) - no images on Antweb (February 2015)
Queen, major & minor described (see Bolton, 1995) .


{Oligomyrmex menozzii}Menozzi's (1942) description (as eidmanni) is at {original description} and {original description}.

The very small size of the specimens makes it difficult to be sure but all the minors shown below seem a reasonable match to Menozzi's description; notably the generally reduced sculpturation and shiny appearance; the small but distinct propodeal teeth; and, the relatively large domed petiole.


{Oligomyrmex menozzii} Oligomyrmex (Aneleus) species undet.

Formerly in my ant guide and earlier versions of this website as Oligomyrmex silvestrii but clearly not matching Santschi's description and illustration.

Minor, previously thought by me, on grounds of size, to be the major - TL 1.59 mm, HL 0.45, HW 0.36, SL 0.31, PW 0.23; now (2004) I feel that it is in a fact the minor from the long scapes - rarely reaching the mid-point of the face in the major morph of any species. The closest comparison seems to be with the minor of Oligomyrmex punctatus from Kenya, although that is about 2/3 the size; another apparently similar minor is menozzii from Fernando Po I.

Colour orange-brown. Antennae 11-segmented. Sculpturation of head a loose reticulation, dorsomedial area smooth; pronotum nearly all smooth; lateral mesonotum and propodeum punctate. Erect hairs short, fine and sparse, most being on the dorsal alitrunk. Anterior margin of pronotum well defined; promesonotum in profile near flat; propodeum on distinctly lower plane, spines well developed, upturned and triangular. Postpetiole with a flattened profile.

In Nigeria, collected from leaf litter and from under a chip of wood at CRIN (B. Bolton).


Oxford University Museum specimens

Oligomyrmex (Aneleus) menozzii
B Taylor det.
Gabon
Y Braet
Gabon 124

27.v.2006
Pongara
0034' N
0919' E
Forest soil; winkler funnel
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Oligomyrmex (Aneleus) menozzii
B Taylor det.
Gabon
Y Braet
Gabon 151

17-22.v.2006
Pongara
0034' N
0919' E
Leaf litter; winkler funnel
1
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{Oligomyrmex menozzii}The photomontage is of a minor worker from Gabon, Pongara National Park; collector Yves Braet (Gabon 124).


{Oligomyrmex menozzii}The photomontage is of a minor worker from Gabon, Pongara National Park; collector Yves Braet (Gabon 151). 

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