The Ants of Africa
Genus Paratrechina
Paraparatrechina splendida LaPolla & Cheng

Paraparatrechina splendida LaPolla & Cheng

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Gabon (LaPolla & Cheng, 2010: 12, illustrated, worker), from Monts Doudou; worker only described .

WORKER - SL >0.72 mm; tibiae and protrochanter same dark brown as alitrunk (stated as having a brilliant blueish-purple irridescence to the cuticle), meso/metatrochanters may be lighter; mandibles and antennae typically same brown as head
TL 1.41-2.6 mm, HL 0.54-0.64, HW 0.48-0.50, CI 76-86, SL 0.73-0.83, SI 157-172 (see key page for reference link)

All specimens examined were from 3 collections at the same location in Gabon, except one set from Uganda, Ruwenzori Expedition, 10 m. ENE of Bundibugyo, 26.viii.1952, G. O. Evans.

Note: The described colour is more accurately depicted in the collation of fresh specimens from Congo that I show below.

Paraparatrechina splendidaThe photomontage of the holotype is collated from Locality: Gabon: Ogooue-Maritime Res. , Monts Doudou, 24.3 km 307 NW Doussala; 0213.4'S 01024.4'E 375 m Collection codes: 2170 Collected by: B.L. Fisher; Habitat: rainforest, sifted litter Date: 6.iii.2000

Oxford University Museum specimens

Paraparatrechina splendida
B Taylor det.

Y Braet

4 15' 33" S
15 17' 5" E
24h pitfall trap; forest around the GERDIB laboratories; 317 m asl

{Paraparatrechina splendida}The photomontage is of a specimen from Congo, Brazzaville, pitfall trapped by Yves Braet & Eric Zassi, 19.vii.2007, t 1.16, 24.
TL ca 2.0 mm, HL 0.52, HW 0.41, CI 80, SL 0.70, SI 165; at small end of range given by LaPolla & Cheng.

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