The Ants of Africa
Genus Polyrhachis
Polyrhachis cubaensis Mayr

Polyrhachis cubaensis Mayr

Listing as amended by Rigato (2016: 13)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Africa (Polyrhachis cubaensis n. sp., Mayr, 1862: 686, queen, not worker as wings described; original location erroneously given as Cuba, hence the name, corrected by Mayr, 1893: 195; Bolton, 1973b: 325) collected at Port Natal, Durban - queen see below.
Worker and queen only known (see Bolton, 1995) .


Mayr's (1862) description is at {original description}. Arnold (1924: 752) gave a translation, this is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1973b) is at {original description}. Rigato's (2016) revision is at {original description}

WORKER - TL 6.4-7.5 mm, HL 1.77-1.85, HW 1.59-1.67, SL 1.75-1.88, PW 1.33-1.41
Transverse ridge on propodeum raised medially into a small tooth or tubercle; propodeal spines directed upwards and upcurved. Colour black, appendages brown and funiculi yellow-brown.

The only specimen sighted by Bolton (1973b) was that of Arnold (1924). In his translation, Arnold did not mention the wings and did not mention seeing any specimens. Bolton misquoted Arnold (1924: 753) who noted under race gallicola (now under Polyrhachis spinicola) was found at Delagoa, Dr. Liengmei in hollow stem galls.


Polyrhachis cubaensis queenThe photomontage of a type queen is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=0915810.


Polyrhachis cubaensis Mayr

Listing as in Bolton (1973b)

Type location South Africa (Polyrhachis cubaensis n. sp., Mayr, 1862: 686, worker; original location erroneously given as Cuba, hence the name, corrected by Mayr, 1893: 195; Bolton, 1973b: 325, not illustrated, worker & queen) collected at Port Natal, Durban
junior synonyms
gerstaeckeri (Polyrhachis Gerstaeckeri n. sp., Forel, 1886f: 197, worker) from Tanzania, Zanzibar, Hildebrandt - see below
striolatorugosa (Polyrhachis cubaensis Mayr nov. var. striolato-rugosa, Mayr, 1893: 195, worker) from Tanzania, Zanzibar - no images on Antweb (December 2014)
wilmsi (Polyrhachis cubaensis Mayr subsp. wilmsi n. subsp., Forel, 1910b: 30, worker) from Mozambique, Lobombo Borges, Dr F Wilms - no images on Antweb (December 2014)
Worker and queen only known (see Bolton, 1995) .

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