Psalidomyrmex foveolatus André
Type location Sierra
Leone (André, 1890: 314, worker; NOTE - Emery, 1899e: 471, queen
& male was a description of P. procerus, correction by
Emery 1901a) collector A. Mocquerys; all forms described .
Nigeria specimen (Taylor, 1976: 31). WORKER. TL
8.42 mm, HL 1.87, HW 1.65, SL 1.24, PW 1.03
Colour dark red-brown, shiny. Sculpturation as for genus. Mandible
falcate. Antennal scapes relatively short. First gastral tergite not
narrowed anteriorly, the foveolae on this segment and the pronotal
dorsum with a dense striation between them. Bolton (1975b: 7,
illustrated, first gastral tergite and petiole in dorsal view)
described generally larger specimens, TL 9.4-10.2.
Collected by me from soil at the base of a cocoa tree at the Cocoa
Research Instiiute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre. Soil nesting and foraging
under the surface. Also recorded from "Ibadan" probably CRIN (R.H.
Booker) (Bolton, 1975b).
Wheeler (1922) also listed it from Guinea (Kakoulima,
F. Silvestri) and Cameroun (Conradt; Bibundi, Tessmann).
reported findings (unlisted by Bolton,
1975b) from Guinea - Kéoulenta, 500 m, sample D, 1 queen;
Station T134, Ziéla, savanna, without rocks, 4 workers (2 brown and 2
orange-yellow immatures - a state in which the large Ponerines can
remain for several months). He described it as similar to the types of
André, characterised by the ventral border of the petiole with a sharp
angle - rounded in other species.
Elsewhere, known from Ivory Coast, at Lamto,
Toumodi (J. Lévieux); and Ghana, at CRIG, Kibi, Wiawso and
Asamankese (D. Leston; CRIG also by B. Bolton) (Bolton, 1975b).
In Ivory Coast also in Lévieux (1972). Bolton
& Brown (2002) reported findings from Ivory Coast, Palmeraie Lame,
by T. Diomande, and Iringou, by F. Krell; Cameroun, Ottotomo Forest, by