Polyrhachis rufipalpis Santschi
Type location Congo
(Polyrhachis rufipalpis n.
sp., Santschi, 1910c: 396, worker), collected at Brazzaville by A. Weiss - see link below
junior synonym mayumbensis (Polyrhachis rufipalpis Santschi r. mayumbensis n. stirps, Forel,
1913h: 358, worker) from Zaïre,
collected at Mayumbe, by R. Mayné - see http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=rmcaent000017824(see Bolton, 1995) .
Nigeria specimen (Taylor, 1978: 23). WORKER. TL
5.0-5.4 mm, HL 1.26-1.29, HW 1.00-1.04, SL 1.33-1.48, PW 0.96-1.00
Sides of head forwards of the eyes more or less straight and parallel.
Body devoid of erect hairs except on anterior clypeal margin and the
gastral apex. Alitrunk marginate laterally, interrupted only at the
sutures. Promesonotal suture incised, metanotal groove deeply
impressed, with propodeum rising vertically from the groove, curving
strongly and convexly into the posterior declivity. Petiole with
moderately long dorsal and shorter lateral spines.
Collected by me at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre,
on low shrubs at the edge of cocoa, the first Nigerian record.
Arboreal, a small active species (Bolton, 1973b: 317,
illustrated, alitrunk and petiole only).
Found in Ghana at CRIG (B. Bolton) and Atewa
(D. Leston) (Bolton, 1973b). Later by Belshaw & Bolton (1994b), who
collected only two workers, as 'tourists' in leaf litter under primary
forest, at Sui River Forest Reserve, and under logged primary forest at
Atewa Forest Reserve.
Images of the damaged type worker can be seen at http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0912133
Rigato (2016) listed many additinal records from Central
African Republic, Dzanga-Sangha & Dzanga-Ndoki; plus Uganda, Kibale
NP, Kanyawara Biol. Stn., 0.56164°N 30.35655°E, 1500 m ± 200 m,
6–16.viii.2012, Ant Course 2012, field station clearing (G. Fischer) (1