The Ants of Africa
Genus Hagensia
  Hagensia saldanhae Arnold new status

Hagensia saldanhae Arnold new status

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Africa (Hagensia peringueyi r saldanhae, Arnold, 1951: 53, illustrated, worker; in Pachycondyla Bolton, 1995: 309; revived placement by Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 111) - no type images on Antweb (June 2014)
worker only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Pachycondyla saldanhae}Arnold's (1951) revisionary study, including the description of saldanhae, is at {original description}.

The elevation of P. saldanhae from the status of a variety of peringueyi, seems justified, especially with the collection of a second specimen from a different location. The combination of a flatter alitrunk profile, weak shallow fovea on the mandibles, stronger punctures on the inner surface of the mandibles, with coarser teeth, and, the more rectangular, straight sided head matches the description by Arnold (1951). Presumably he held back from giving the single specimen species status simply because of the uniqueness of the specimen.

{Pachycondyla saldanhae}The photomontage is collated from Collection Information: Specimen Code SAM-HYM-C006611B Locality South Africa: Cape Province: Bontebok National Park; 3404'00"S 02027'00"E; Collection codes: SAM-HYM-C006611; Date: 18 Jun 1964; Collected by: A.J.Prins

2007, 2012, 2014 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.