The Ants of Africa
Genus Plectroctena
Plectroctena cristata Emery

Plectroctena cristata Emery

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Cameroun (Plectroctena cristata n. sp., Emery, 1899e: 470, worker; Bolton, 1974b: 322, queen) no location, Conradt - see below
junior synonym semileavis (Plectroctena cristata Em. var. semilaevis n. var., Santschi, 1924a: 163, illustrated, worker) from Zaïre, Kamalembi, Luebo, Dr H Schouteden - see
worker and queen described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Plectroctena cristata}Emery's (1899e) description is at {original description}. Santschi's (1924a) illustrated note on the type and description of semileavis is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1974b) is at {original description}

WORKER - a very large species, TL 21.6-23.2 mm; first gastral tergite with a strongly marked transverse groove anteriorly. Dorsum of head often with a shallow, broad, transverse impression posteriorly which is interrupted medially. Funicular segments 3-5 longer than broad. Sides of head behind eyes with the spaces between punctures usually finely striate. Colour black (Bolton, 1974b: 321, not illustrated; type not examined).

Original collection by L. Conradt, location unknown, probably Mundame, Cameroun.

Wheeler (1922) listed it also from Cameroun (Mundame, Conradt; Barombi, Preuss), Togo (Conradt, Schröder), Fernando Po and Zaïre.

From Cameroun at Ntsama (B. de Miré). Also known from Kenya (Bolton, 1974). Bolton & Brown (2002) added Cameroun, Tissongo, by D. Jackson; and Uganda, Busongoro, by G.D.H. Carpenter.

{Plectroctena cristata}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Plectroctena cristata
B Taylor det.

Central African Republic
P Annoyer

392 m; jour, à vue, Bertrand, tour du lac 1

{Plectroctena cristata}The photomontage is of a worker from the Central African Republic, Dzanga-Sangha NP; collector P Annoyer (CAR HV). This and the type of semileavis (link above) are the a same size but smaller than the type worker.

{plectroctena cristata}The photomontage is collated from The specimen is from Central African Republic: Prefecture Sangha-Mbaéré; Parc National Dzanga-Ndoki, 38.6 km 173° S Lidjombo; 02°21'36"N 016°03'12"E 350m; B L Fisher, BLF4126, 20-28.v.2001; pitfall trap, in rainforest.

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