The Ants of Africa
Genus Pheidole
Pheidole retronitens Santschi

saxicola-group (speculatively) - major postpetiole squamiform (with anterior ventral blunt process),

Pheidole retronitens Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zaïre (Pheidole retronitens n. sp., Santschi, 1930a: 59, major & minor) collected at Kasai, N'gombe, by Dr Schouteden, 17.xii.1921; major & minor described (see Bolton, 1995) .


Santschi's (1930a) description is at {original description}.


Pheidole retronitens majorThe photomontage of the type major worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0913416.


{Pheidole retronitens minorThe photomontage of a type minor worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0913417.


Oxford University Museum specimens

Pheidole retronitens
B Taylor det.

Ghana
S Sky Stephens
06G0083

2006
In personal collection of S Sky Stephens
minor
1
{album}
Pheidole retronitens
B Taylor det.
Central African Republic
P Annoyer
IG
14.x.2008
Dzanga-Sangha
03°03'58.3" N
16°08'59.6" E
528 m; Camp 1; Journée; Au camp
1
{album}
Pheidole retronitens
B Taylor det.
Central African Republic
P Annoyer
MI
19.xi.2010
Dzanga-Sangha
2°28'45.9"N
16°13'15.0"E
396 m; nuit, à vue, au camp de transit 2 (près lac 1)
1
{album}
Pheidole retronitens
B Taylor det.
CAR
P Moretto
1-2.iii.2012
Sangha
PN Ndoki
02˚28'39" N
22˚01'20" E
06-06
Camp 1, forêt dense diversifiée, piège iule
minor worker

2
{album}

{Pheidole retronitens minor}The photomontage is of a minor from the Central African Republic, Dzanga-Sangha NP; collector Philippe Annoyer (CAR IG). These match the Santschi (1910c) description exactly.


{Pheidole retronitens minor}The photomontage is of a minor from the Central African Republic, Sangha NP, Ndoki; collector P Moretto.


{Pheidole retronitens minor}The photomontage is of a minor worker from Ghana, collector Sky Stephens, 2006 (06G0083).


{Pheidole retronitens queen}The photomontage is of a Queen from the Central African Republic, Dzanga-Sangha NP; collector Philippe Annoyer (CAR MI).

This specimen of the previously unrecorded queen, has the overall sculpturation, colour and hypostomal teeth arrangement as the major worker shown above.

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