Platythyrea frontalis Emery
Type location Cameroun (Platythyrea frontalis n. sp.,
1899e: 466, worker & queen), no location, collected by Conradt in
worker and queen described (see Bolton, 1995) .
Emery's (1899e) description is at .
Brown (1975: 46) chose a specimen as a lectotype and
- TL 8.4 mm, HL 1.64, HW 1.46, SL 1.20; specimen opaque in general with
a slight shine from dorsa of alitrunk, petiole and gaster.
A worker and queen, plus a male, from Lamto Ecological Station, Ivory
Coast (J. Lévieux) similar but slightly smaller; black, with
reddish mandibles, antennae, tibiae and tarsi; also petiolar node with
sides more divergent behind than in the type; possibly a separate
species but not then resolvable.
Found in the Ghana cocoa canopy surveys of Room
(1971); in fourteen samples, probably on undominated trees. Found, at
Kade, to be an apparent dominant in four (of 240) 10 x 10 m quadrats,
plus in a further six quadrats; and collected by pkd in 22.9% of
samples, but only four workers per sample, by Majer (1972, 1975, 1976a,
b, c). A single worker was collected from the ground at CRIG by Bigger