The Ants of Africa
Genus Pyramica
Pyramica (Serrastruma) maynei (Forel)

Pyramica (Serrastruma) maynei (Forel)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zaïre (Strumigenys (Trichoscapa) Maynei n. sp., Forel, 1916: 427, all forms) Kisangani [Stanleyville], Kohl - see
junior synonym latiuscula (var. latiuscula n. var., Forel, 1916: 428, worker) from Zaïre, Eala, R. Mayné - see
(see Bolton, 1995) .

Pyramica mayneiForel's (1916) descriptions are at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1983: 347, illustrated, full-face head), as Serrastruma maynei, is at {original description}.

{Pyramica (Serrastruma) maynei} Nigeria specimen (Taylor, 1979: 45). WORKER. TL 2.29 mm, HL 0.54, HW 0.45, SL 0.31, PW 0.34
No long sinuous hairs, most erect hairs relatively short and spatulate, short adpressed clavate hairs are moderately abundant on the head and dorsal alitrunk. Pronotum shiny and unsculptured, except for longitudinal discontinuous rugulation. Remainder of alitrunk and petiole finely reticulopunctate. Postpetiole and gaster shiny, with basal rugae on the first gastral tergite. Propodeal spines acute triangular. Colour dull brownish-yellow to mid-brown.
TL 2.3-3.0 mm; pronotal sculpturation described as costulation, also as having broad upper scrobe margins. Collected from a rotten log at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre by B. Bolton, mentioned in Bolton (1983).

Bolton (1983) described it as appearing to be restricted to the forest zones of West and Central Africa, east to Uganda.

From Ghana, Bolton (1983) noted finding it nesting in a cocoa branch about 1.7 m above ground, and a worker carrying a small nematoceran fly. Findings he listed were Aburi and Wiawso (D. Leston) and CRIG (C.A. Collingwood; himself).

Other West African records were Guinea-Bissau, at Bolama (L. Fea, perhaps in 1901); Ivory Coast, at Lamto (W.L. & D.E. Brown); Cameroun, near Yaoundé (G. Terron) (Bolton, 1983).

{Pyramica mayneiThe photomontage of a worker from Uganda is collated from Among the specimens listed by Bolton (1983).

Oxford University Museum specimens

Pyramica maynei
B Taylor det.
S Tchibozo
Benin 15

06°50-55' N
Forêt de Gnanhouizoumè, Pitfall trap
{original description}

{Pyramica maynei queen}The photomontage is of a queen from Benin, Bonou, Forêt de Gnanhouizoumè; collector S Tchibozo (Benin 15).

Nore: Workers from Cameroun I previously identified as maynei are now located under Pyramica depilosa.

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