The Ants of Africa
Genus Pheidole
Pheidole decarinata Santschi

megacephala-group - Major - head width and length equal or subequal; mandibles relatively slender, with at most reduced teeth or denticles; postpetiole trapezoidal but without elongated lateral prominences. Minors without or variable development of a nuchal collar.

minima subgroup - TL < 3.3 mm

Pheidole decarinata Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Mali (Pheidole decarinata n. sp., Santschi, 1929f: 86, major, minor & queen) collected at Koulouba, French Sudan, by Andrieu; major, minor and queen described (see Bolton, 1995, note country wrongly given as Sudan, see Geography) .


Santschi's (1929f) description is at {original description}. Apparently close to Pheidole corticicola.


Pheidole decarinata majorThe photomontage of the type major worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0913301.


{Pheidole decarinata minor}The photomontage of the type minor worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0913301.


Oxford University Museum specimens

Pheidole decarinata
B Taylor det.


Cameroun
G Debout & A Dalecky
Cameroon 126c

15.vi.2001
Poli
829' N
1315' E
30 km east of Poli, in the soudano-guinean savannah
1
{album}
Pheidole decarinata
B Taylor det.
major

Gabon
Y Braet
Gabon 34

17.v-9.vi.2006
Pongara
0034' N
0919' E
Under trees; malaise trap
1
{album}
Pheidole decarinata
B Taylor det.
Congo
Y Braet

25.i.2008
Iboubikro
tree savannah, 24 h pitfall trap
1
{album}

{Pheidole decarinata major ?} The photomontage is of a major specimen from Gabon, Pongara National Park; collector Yves Braet (Gabon 34).

This appears to match the Santschi description, notably the deep longitudinal impression of the front of the head and the lateral margination of the propodeum. 


{Pheidole decarinata minor ?} The photomontage is of a minor specimen from Cameroun, at 30 km east of Poli; McKey Wolbachia project (Cameroon 126c).


{Pheidole decarinata minor}The photomontage is of a minor specimen from Congo, Iboubikro; collectors Yves Braet & Eric Zassi.

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