The Ants of Africa
Genus Polyrhachis
Polyrhachis new species Ivory Coast Dupont

Polyrhachis new species Ivory Coast Dupont

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Ivory Coast, holotype and one paratype worker only.

WORKER - TL ca 9.4 mm, HW 1.79, HL 2.09, SL 1.98, PW 1.50; CI 86, SI 112
Head longitudinally finely striate; dorsum of alitrunk marginate throughout, metanotal groove incised; anterior corners of pronotum with short triangular teeth. Compares with Polyrhachis latispina but this (from the Bolton, 1973b) description, has more defined longitudinal striation on the alitrunk dorsum and on the gaster dorsum; most distinctive, however, is the flat panels on the sides of the first gaster segment, panels which are very densely but finely longitudinally striate.

The Rigato (2016) key follows to couplet 35 .. 37 .. 39 .. 41 .. 48 .. 51 .. 52 .. latispina - here one can go no further as there are no type images; the latispina that I have from CAR seems typical.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Polyrhachis n.sp.
B Taylor det.

Ivory Coast
Erena Dupont
Taļ National Park
5˚45'00" N
7˚07'00" W


{Polyrhachis nsp ci Dupont}The photomontage is of the holotype worker from the Ivory Coast, Tai National Park; collector Erena Dupont

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