Polyrhachis striativentris Emery - new status
Type location Ivory Coast
(P. militaris Fab. race striativentris n. stirps., Emery,
1892d: 566, worker; Santschi, 1912b: 166, queen) Assinie, 1886, Ch.
Alluaud. Here raised to full species from race or junior synonym of Polyrhachis militaris .
Emery's (1892d) description
is at . Santschi (1912b)
described a queen of Polyrhachis
militaris Fab. strips striativentris
Em., from the Ivory Coast, J H Lohier, one queen, as TL 12 mm, head
narrower than the alitrunk; head, alitrunk and gaster longitudinally
striate, the scutellum transversely striate; covered with a dense
pubescence partly masking the sculpture.
- TL 14.5 mm, HL 3.15, HW 2.8, SL 4.25, PW (base of propodeal spines)
2.7; CI 83, SI 163; alitrunk dorsum completely margined the pronotum
highly raised lateral flanges. Striations on the alitrunk dorsum and
gaster well defined, although very fine and dense on the gaster. Scapes
and legs with very fine but distinct sculpturation (other militaris "varieties" are dull but
essentially smooth). Scapes with nil or very few erect hairs.
Pubescence quite sparse on the
alitrunk to almost nil on the gaster dorsum.
Bolton (1973b: 313) synonymized this under Polyrhachis militaris,
an act typical of his treatment of separations by earlier workers,
describing some species as showing variations, in contrast with
erecting new species on often quite small differences.
Rigato (2016) retained this as a synonym of P. militaris but did not sight the type.