The Ants of Africa
Genus Plagiolepis
Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) alluaudi Emery

Plagiolepis Mayr sensu stricto

Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) alluaudi Emery

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return to listIran list {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Seychelle Is. (Plagiolepis Alluaudi, n. sp., Emery, 1894a: 71, worker; Forel, 1907a: 30, queen) - see below
junior synonyms
augusti (Emery, 1921d: 317, replacement name for foreli, Mann, 1921: 473) from Fiji Is - no images on Antweb (December 2014)
foreli (Plagiolepis Foreli n. sp., Santschi, 1920g: 165, illustrated, worker) from Switzerland (on orchids in a hothouse) - see http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0912413
mactavishi (Plagiolepis mactavishi sp. nov., Wheeler, 1908c: 166, worker) from Society Is, Moorea - no images on Antweb (December 2014)
ornata (Plagiolepis Foreli Sants. var. ornata n. var., Santschi, 1920g: 166, worker) from New Caledonia - see http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0912414
worker & queen only known (see Bolton, 1995; synonymies by Smith, D.R., 1979: 1423 ) .


{Plagiolepis alluaudi foreli}Emery's (1894a) description is at - {original description}. Forel's (1907a) description of the queen, from Tanzania is at - {original description}. Wheeler's (1908c) description of mactavishi is at - {original description}. Santschi's (1920g) illustrated description of foreli and ornata is at - {original description}. Emery's (1921d) review is at - {original description}.

Presumably a tramp species, but found well inland at Arusha in Tanzania, possibly of East African origin. Santschi (1920g) gave a record from Mombasa, Kenya. Also from inland in West Africa, see below.


{short description of image}Nigeria specimens (as Plagiolepis species T, Taylor, 1978: 41). WORKER: TL 1.15 mm, HL 0.31, HW 0.30, SL 0.23, PW 0.17
Head and alitrunk yellow, gaster dark yellow-brown, very shiny. Unsculptured, promesonotal suture faint but not metanotal suture. Propodeum convex in profile. Erect hairs moderately abundant on gaster and moderate pilosity on the head and alitrunk.
Thought to nest in dead wood on living trees. Uncommon in but collected on cocoa at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre, and at Apoje, and observed tending Homoptera.


{Plagiolepis sp undet}The photomontage is of a cotype collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0101699
Collection details - Seychelles, collector C Alluaud.


{Plagiolepis sp undet}The photomontage is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0005903
Collection details - Cameroon: Prov. Sud-Ouest; Bimbia Forest, 7.4 km 119 ESE Limbe; 0358'55"N 00915'45"E, 40m. Collection Information: Collection codes: BLF2324. Date: 14 Apr 2000. Collected by: B.L.Fisher Method: EC19 sifted litter. Habitat: rainforest. Transect Type: MW 50 sample transect, 5m. Transect Sample No.: 17.


Oxford University Museum specimens

Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) alluaudi
B Taylor det.
Liberia
E Poirier
Yekepa Camp 4
SLAM 2
6.iv.2013
Nimba County
0733’04" N
0833’17" E
SLAM trap
Floodplain & marsh
501 m asl
1
{album}
Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) alluaudi
B Taylor det.

Tanzania
G McGavin
tree 3-50

10.i.1996
Mkomazi
Igire Hill
pkd collection from Heywoodia lucens
1
{album}
Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) alluaudi
B Taylor det.
Tanzania
G McGavin
tree 3-51

10.i.1996
Mkomazi
Igire Hill
pkd collection from Heywoodia lucens 1
{album}
Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) alluaudi
B Taylor det.
Tanzania
G McGavin
tree 3-56
12.i.1996
Mkomazi
Igire Hill
pkd collection from Ochna holstii
1
{album}
Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) alluaudi
B Taylor det.
Tanzania
G McGavin
tree 3-65
15.i.1996
Mkomazi
354.74' S
3748.49' E
pkd collection from Combretum molle
1
{album}
Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) alluaudi
B Taylor det.
Tanzania
G McGavin
tree 5-17
4.i.1997
Mkomazi
354.75' S
3748.58' E
pkd collection from Acacia zanzibarica;  37M 0393296 UTM 9555510
2

Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) alluaudi
B Taylor det.
Iran
Torabi
22
28.vi.2014
29.62973N
52.53664E
1562 m
Azadi Park, Shiraz
hand collected
park, soil
20:12 h
2
{album}
Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) alluaudi
B Taylor det.
Iran
R Afshari
32
13.viii.2014
31.40N
51.49E
2627 m
Vanak, Semirom, Isfahan
hand collected
garden, on ground
1615h
1
{album}

{Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) alluaudi}The photomontage is of a worker from Tanzania, Mkomazi Game Reserve, Igire Hill, collector G McGavin (tree 3-51-04).
Note - formerly placed by me under Plagiolepis sudanica.


{Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) alluaudi}The photomontage is of a worker from Liberia, Yekepa Camp 4, collector E Poiriet (Camp 4 SLAM 2).


{Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) alluaudi}The photomontage is of a worker from Iran, Azadi Park, Shiraz, collector Roshanak Torabi (22).


{Plagiolepis alluaudi}The photomontage of a cotype foreli is collated from The Smithsonian Institute images at http://ripley.si.edu/ent/nmnhtypedb/public/specimeninfopage.cfm?publicconsumption=1&typespecimenID=1424.


{Plagiolepis alluaudi}Drawing from Wilson & Taylor (1967: 86 ff). BT Note - this has markedly longer scapes than any of the specimens shown above.

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