The Ants of Africa
Genus Polyrhachis
Polyrhachis wellmani Forel

Polyrhachis wellmani Forel

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Angola (Polyrhachs Wellmani n. sp., Forel 1909b: 68, worker), collector C. Wellman
worker only known (Bolton, 1973b) .

{Polyrhachis wellmani}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 (1909b) descriptions - at {original description}, 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 {original description}.

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,

Polyrhachis wellmaniThe photomontage of the type worker is collated from

2007, 2012, 2014, 2018 - Brian Taylor CBiol FRSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.