Paedalgus distinctus Bolton & Belshaw
Type location Ghana
(Bolton & Belshaw, 1993: 185, illustrated, profile and full-face
view, worker & male) collected at CRIG, in secondary forest leaf
litter (R. Belshaw, 23.xii.1991), holotype plus 11 workers (Bolton
& Belshaw, 1993); worker and male only known (Bolton, 1995) .
Bolton & Belshaw's description (1993) is at
Nigeria specimen (Paedalgus termitolestes
in Taylor, 1980a: 39). WORKER. TL 1.24 mm, HL 0.40, HW 0.34, SL 0.20,
Colour yellow-brown. Head and alitrunk densely reticulopunctate;
pedicel and gaster shiny. Erect hairs sparse and relatively long on the
alitrunk; pilosity sparse but all over, most obvious on the gaster.
Petiole node near rectangular in profile. Workers and males collected
with termites in a log at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi
Ayunre by B. Bolton (as Paedalgus termitolestes, in Bolton,
Holotype series TL 1.4, HL 0.40, HW 0.34, SL 0.22, PW 0.26.
The type collection was among the findings which led to it being
described as widespread in leaf litter (250 workers from 13 sites),
including in association with termites (Belshaw & Bolton, 1994b).
Much earlier it was found at CRIG, from where Strickland (1951a) noted
it being found nine times on cocoa, usually on the trunk close to the
ground and once in association with mealybugs, collecting honeydew
(finding by H.M. Amoah?, in Bolton & Belshaw, 1993). Later found in
cocoa leaf litter and nesting in dead wood at the Mampong Cemetery farm
(Room, 1971). Others listed by Bolton & Belshaw (1993) were at
CRIG, tending Stictococcus on cocoa pod stems
(C. Campbell); and, Kibi and Bunso (D. Leston).
Nigeria, Also known from IITA, Ibadan (B.
Critchley) (Bolton & Belshaw, 1993).
Other locations in Ivory Coast - Tai Forest (J.
Piart; V. Mahnert & J.-L. Perret), Sassandra (I. Löbl),
Adiopodoumé, Dropleu and Gregbeau (V. Mahnert & J.-L. Perret), near
Abidjan and Nzi Noua (W.L. Brown).
The photomontage is
collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0010802
Collection Information: Specimen Code CASENT0010802; Locality Ghana:
Ashanti: Effiduase; Collection codes: ANTC2878; Date: 19 Nov 1992;
Collected by: R.Belshaw; Method: leaf litter; Habitat: cocoa