The Ants of Africa
Genus Phrynoponera
Phrynoponera bequaerti Wheeler

Phrynoponera bequaerti Wheeler

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zare (Wheeler, 1922: 79, illustrated, queen) - no type images on Antweb (April 2015)
Queen only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Phrynoponera bequaerti}Wheeler separated the single female by its small size, lack of teeth on the anterior clypeal border, and a long median petiolar spine. Description (after Wheeler) -
FEMALE (dealated), TL 6 mm; resembling gabonensis and heteroda but much smaller. Head as broad as long, posterior border near straight, sides very feebly and evenly convex; eyes large, moderately convex, with their posterior at the middle of the sides. Mandibles shaped as in gabonensis, with obliquely, bluntly 4-toothed apical borders. Clypeus short, with broadly rounded, entire anterior border, elevated centre somewhat concave with a ridge on each side. Antennae short and thick, scapes scarcely passing occiput; first funiculus segment nearly as long as broad, remaining segments, except last, distinctly broader than long. Thorax as broad as head, shaped much as in gabonensis but propodeal teeth proportionally longer, being longer than broad at their bases, and as long as the distance between their bases. Petiole with longer spines than in gabonensis, the lateral spines being as long as the remainder of the segment and the median tooth as long as the lateral.
Mandibles smooth and shining, with very coarse, sparse punctures, most numerous near the inner border. Remainder of body subopaque, except borders of frontal carinae which are smooth and shining. Head reticulate-rugose, rather coarsely on the sides, on the front and vertex more finely, the rugae scarcely longitudinal. Thorax covered with coarse umbilicate foveolae, largest on the mesonotum but all over so close as to give a reticulate-rugose appearance . Anterior petiole similarly sculptured but the meshes elongate. Gaster appearing more longitudinally striate. Legs and scapes nearly opaque and coriaceous.
Pilosity and pubescence much as in gabonensis and heteroda but the hairs more recumbent on the head and body.
Black, mandibles, frontal carinae and legs dark brown.

In Ghana, 13 workers (?) were found by Belshaw & Bolton (1994b) in leaf litter samples from cocoa and primary forest at Kade. The authority for their determinations of the apparently previously unknown worker morph was not given.

The photomontage below predates the description published by Bolton & Fisher (2008b) -

Oxford University Museum specimens

Phrynoponera bequaerti
B Taylor det.

Y Braet
Gabon 130

0034' N
0919' E
Riverine leaf litter; 72 h winkler funnel

{Phrynoponera bequaerti}The photomontage is of a worker from Gabon, Pongara National Park; collector Yves Braet (Gabon 130).

This is a close match for the Wheeler description of the queen. 

2007, 2008, 2012, 2015 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.