The Ants of Africa
Genus Polyrhachis
Polyrhachis lauta Santschi

Polyrhachis lauta Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Congo (Santschi, 1910c: 397, illustrated, queen; Bolton, 1973b: 311, worker), collected at Brazzaville by A.Weiss - see the type queen at
junior synonyms
laeta (Polyrhachis (Myrma) lauta Sant. var. laeta n., Emery, 1921e: 22, queen) from Cameroun, no location, collector L. Conradt - no images on Antweb (June 2018)
localis (Polyrhachis lauta Santschi v. localis n. v., Forel, 1913h: 359, queen) from Zaïre, Congo da Lemba, R Mayné - see
worker and queen only known (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Polyrhachis lauta}Santschi's (1910c) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1913h) description of localis is at {original description}. Emery's (1921e) description of laeta is at {original description}.

{Polyrhachis lauta} Bolton's modern description (1973b) is at {original description}

WORKER - TL 5.5-6.2 mm; similar to fissa but with a short, longitudinal shallow groove terminating in a depression close to the outer margin of the antennal socket. Standing hairs sparse. Head and gaster very finely superficially reticulate; dorsal surfaces of alitrunk extremely finely, densely longitudinally striate. Colour black, apical segments of antenna yellow-brown (Bolton, 1973b, illustrated, head and petiole only).

Other findings listed by Bolton (1973b) include - Ghana, at Tumu (P.M. Room, one of the unnamed species from cocoa canopy in Room, 1971); and Uganda.

{Polyrhachis lauta}The photomontage of a worker from Zaïre is collated from Amongst the paratypes listed by Bolton (1973b).

Oxford University Museum specimens

Polyrhachis lauta
B Taylor det.
E Poirier
Nimba County
07°31’06" N
08°35’34" E
SLAM trap
Secondary forest
473 m asl


{Polyrhachis lauta}The photomontage is of a worker from Liberia, Liabala; collector E Poirier (Liabala SLAM 1).

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