Polyrhachis wellmani Forel
Type location Angola
(Polyrhachs Wellmani n. sp.,
Forel 1909b: 68, worker), collector C. Wellman
worker only known
(Bolton, 1973b) .
WORKER - TL 8.3-8.7 mm, HL
2.2-2.37, HW 1.74-1.85, SL
2.74-2.81, PW 1.40-1.48.
Very similar to schistacea, separable by the apparently
consistent lack of lateral petiolar teeth. Otherwise size near to small
end of schistacea range; colour black (presumably) with
numerous erect yellow-white or off-white hairs and long dense
pubescence mostly hiding the sculpturation.(Bolton, 1973b: 323,
illustrated, anterior petiole).
Bolton's description is consistent with that of Forel
descriptions - at , who emphasised the
close similarity to Polyrhachis
schistacea apart from the very distinctive bispinose petiole,
lacking in the lateral teeth. Bolton's modern description (1973b) is at
Also known from Congo
at Kansenia (Shaba
Region). Rigato (2016) added ZAMBIA [N. Rhodesia on the labels]: 12 mi.
E of Rufunsa, 1060 m, 2.iii.1958 (E.S. Ross & R.E. Leech) (5 w,