Plectroctena hastifera (Santschi) (new spelling
in Bolton, 1995)
Type location Ghana (Cacopone
hastifer n. sp., Santschi, 1914d: 325, illustrated, worker; placed in Plectroctena as hastifer
by Bolton, 1974b: 320)
Aburi by F. Silvestri - no images on Antweb (December 2014)
Worker only described .
description is at . Bolton's modern
description (1974b) is at
WORKER - Medium sized, TL 10.9; mandibles without a
basal tooth, their apices swollen. Dorsal surfaces of head alitrunk,
petiole and first two gastral segments with numerous erect hairs.
Anterior and dorsal surfaces of petiole confluent, meeting through a
smooth curve, not separated by an angle. Dorsum of head coarsely
punctate, the diameter of the punctures greater than the distance
separating them. First gastral tergite without an anterior transverse
groove. Propodeal laminae meeting dorsally, continuous around the
declivity. Colour deep red (Bolton, 1974b: 320, illustrated, mandible
A subterranean species, with very small eyes, known
solely from two specimens from Ghana, the holotype and a single
worker at CRIG (D. Leston) (Bolton, 1974b). Belshaw & Bolton
(1994b) referred to it but did not find any in leaf litter samples.