The Ants of Africa
Genus Pheidole
Pheidole mentita 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.

megacephala-subgroup - TL > 3.3 mm

Pheidole mentita Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Guinea (Pheidole mentita n.sp., Santschi, 1914d: 338, major, minor & queen) from Kindia, collector F. Silvestri - see below
subspecies pullata (Pheidole mentita var. pullata n. var., Santschi, 1914d: 339, major & minor) from Guinea, at Camayenne, F. Silvestri - see link below
major, minor and queen described (see Bolton, 1995) .


Santschi's (1914d) description, together with pullata, is at {original description}.


Pheidole mentita majorThe photomontage of the type major worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0913348.

See also the darker pullata major at http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0913350.


{Pheidole mentita minorThe photomontage of a type minor worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0913349.

See also the pullata minor at http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0913351.


Oxford University Museum specimens

Pheidole mentita
B Taylor det.

Senegal
Lamine Diamé
59

20.ii.2013
Sindia
14°34'23.13"N
17°02'17.44"W
Sindia, 30 m
Ensa (S. saiche)
tube 02
2 major & 3 minor workers
5
{album}
Pheidole mentita
B Taylor det.
Benin
J-F Vayssieres
RVA 3038.4
20.ii.2013
Koro
09°22'21'' N
02°40'13'' E
Mangifera indica orchard
prey of Oecophylla longinoda
0800-0900 h
major
1
{album}
Pheidole mentita
B Taylor det.
Benin
J-F Vayssieres
RVA 3039.2
20.ii.2013
Koro
09°22'21'' N
02°40'13'' E
Mangifera indica orchard
prey of Oecophylla longinoda
0900-1000 h
major
1
{album}
Pheidole mentita
B Taylor det.
Benin
J-F Vayssieres
RVA 3041.2
20.ii.2013
Koro
09°22'21'' N
02°40'13'' E
Mangifera indica orchard
prey of Oecophylla longinoda
1100-1200 h
major (part)
1
{album}
Pheidole mentita
B Taylor det.

Cameroun
A Fotso Kuate
Sample 26
3.ix.2008
Babadjou
2°52.02' N
9°59.13' E
Aphid survey
2
{album}

{Pheidole mentita major}The photomontage is of a major worker from Cameroun; Babadjou; 3.ix.2008; aphid survey; collector A Fotso Kuate (fk unmounted sp 26).


{Pheidole mentita major}The photomontage is of a major worker (head and alitrunk only) from Benin; Koro; collector J-F Vayssieres (RVA 3041).


{Pheidole mentita minor}The photomontage is of a minor worker from Cameroun; Babadjou; 3.ix.2008; aphid survey (fk unmounted sp 26); coll. A Fotso Kuate.


{Pheidole mentita major}The photomontage is of a major worker from Senegal; Sindia (14°34’23.13’’N; 17°02’17.44’’W – 30m), 20.II.2013; collector Lamine Diamé (59).


{Pheidole mentita minor}The photomontage is of a minor worker from Senegal; Sindia (14°34’23.13’’N; 17°02’17.44’’W – 30m), 20.ii.2013; collector Lamine Diamé (59).

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