The Ants of Africa
Genus Plectroctena
Plectroctena subterranea Arnold

Plectroctena subterranea Arnold

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zimbabwe (Plectroctena subterranea n. sp., Arnold, 1915: 84, illustrated, worker & queen) Bulawayo, G Arnold
junior synonym punctatus (Plectroctena punctatus n. sp., Santschi, 1924a: 170, male) from Kenya, Bura, iii.1912, Alluaud & Jeannel - see
all forms described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Plectroctena subterranea}Arnold's (1915) description is at {original description} and {original description}. Santschi's (1924a) description of punctatus is at {original description} Bolton's modern description (1974b) is at {original description} .

WORKER - small, TL 7.6-10.8 mm, funicular segments 3-5 broader than long. Labial palp with 2 segments. Head without striae. Colour red-brown (Bolton, 1974b: 333, not illustrated).

Two specimens which Bolton felt were of this species, but somewhat smaller (TL 5.6 and 6.7) were collected in Ivory Coast, at Lamto, Toumodi (J. Lévieux). Otherwise it is known from Malawi and Zimbabwe (Bolton, 1974b). In their key, Bolton & Brown (2002) list only east and southern African countries.

See also the Bernard (1952) report on "punctua") of a male specimen from Guinea possibly of this species.

{Plectroctena subterranea}The photomontage of the holotype is collated from

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