The Ants of Africa
Genus Polyrhachis
Polyrhachis militaris (Fabricius) - specimens

Polyrhachis militaris (Fabricius) - specimens

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{Polyrhachis militaris}The worker in the photomontage was collected in Cameroun - Cameroon 106 from location JFK (Joung Forest nr Nkolo - at 3°13.53' N 10°15.07'; flat land, liable to flooding), 24 April 2001; south-western tropical coastal forest area between Edéa and Campo (McKey Wolbachia project), on lianas and dead trunks in a treefall gap.

{Polyrhachis militaris}Found widely in Ghana; Bolton (1973b) gave 13 findings, including CRIG. Room (1971) collected it from cocoa canopy at Mampong Cemetery Farm and in 20/168 samples in his wider survey. Found at Kade by Majer (1975), using pkd, with only 3 workers per sample. Three workers were collected, one by canopy pkd and two on the ground from a block of mature Amelonado cocoa at CRIG by Bigger (1981a). Belshaw & Bolton (1994b) collected 24 workers, as 'tourists' in leaf litter under secondary forest, at Bunso, and under cocoa at Asiakwa. Room (1971) found it to be positively associated with Crematogaster clariventris.

The photomontage is of a worker from Ghana, collector S Sky Stephens, 2006.

{Polyrhachis militaris}The photomontage is of a worker from Central African Republic, Dzangha-Sangha National Park, 24.i.2005, Bord du fleuve Sangha, accostage en face l’île Ebondjo;15h; on Bokoko; collected by Philippe Annoyer.

{Polyrhachis militaris queen} The photomontage is of a queen from Central African Republic; EM; 02°50’01.8" N 16°08’13.7" E 375m; nr Camp 2; 03.ii.2005 18h-6h30 Sur banc de sable au milieu du fleuve Sangha, 400 mètres en amont du camp 2;, collected by Philippe Annoyer. 

{Polyrhachis militaris queen} The photomontage is of a dealate queen from Central African Republic, KY,  24.x.2008 Journée Camp 2 03°01'49.5" N 16°08'31.7" E 567 m Au camp, collected by Philippe Annoyer. This has a curious oil or paint mark on the gaster and also an infestation of, presumably parasitic, mites on the eyes.

{Polyrhachis militaris with Cordomyces}The photomontage is of a worker killed by a Cordomyces fungus infection, from the Central African Republic, collected by Philippe Annoyer.

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