The Ants of Africa
Genus Pheidole
Pheidole ruspolii Emery

crassinoda group; major with cordiform (heart-shaped) head - Arnold (1920a) group H

Pheidole ruspolii Emery

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Ethiopia (Pheidole crassinoda, Emery subsp. Ruspolii n. subsp, Emery, 1897e: 597, major & minor; Forel, 1907c: 138, male; Arnold, 1920a: 475, queen - but see notes at the bottom) from Ethiopia, Ghari Bule
all forms known (see Bolton, 1995) .

Emery's (1897e) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1907c) description of the ruspolii male is at {original description}.

{Pheidole ruspolii major}The photomontage of a type collection major is collated from

{Pheidole ruspolii minor}The photomontage of a type collection minor is collated from .

Oxford University Museum specimens

Pheidole ruspolii
B Taylor det.

A Pauly

Abijata N.P.
730' N
3830' E
1635 m
Yellow pan trap

Pheidole ruspolii
B Taylor det.

Serge Guiraud

0547' N
3805' E
1490 m; 17 h; hand collected


Pheidole katonae majorThe photomontage is of a major worker from Ethiopia, Jinka, collector Serge Guiraud. This matches the description given by Menozzi & Consani (1952).

TL (M&C) 8.7-9.0, HL = HW 3.0; "a subspecies very distinct from the type Ph. sculpturata and probably will be elevated to species when better known". Unfortunately, Menozzi & Consani wrote nothing about the minor workers that were associated with the majors.

This major: TL ca 8.0 mm, HL 2.90, HW 2.80, SL1.40, PW 1.10; CI 95, SI 52

{Pheidole ruspolii minor}The photomontage is of a minor worker from Ethiopia; collector A Pauly.

Pheiole ruspolii sexualsArnold (1920a) gave an illustrated translation of ruspolii, this is at {original description} and {original description}.

I retain these here as a record but think Arnold's identification as ruspolii was wrong

Pheiole ruspolii workers

2013, 2014 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.