Pyramica (Trichoscapa) membranifera (Emery)
Type location Italy (Strumigenys
(Trichoscapa) membranifera n. sp., Emery, 1869b: 24, illustrated,
Emery, 1916b: 205, queen; Emery, 1875b: 11, illustration of worker)
Portici - see below
junior synonyms including santschii (Strumigenys membranifera Emery v. Santschii n. var., Forel, 1904c: 6,
from Tunisia, Kairouan, F Santschi - see http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0909329
(see Bolton, 1995) .
description is at . Emery's (1916b) description, in a key, is
at . Forel (1904c) noted santschii
n. var. differed from the type primarily by having a more opaque
ferruginous red colour, stronger more irregular sculpture on the head,
of which the anterior angles formed a near right angle, also the
pronotum with a slightly more accentuated margin; two workers from
Kairouan, Tunisia, in a nest of Tetramorium caespitum. Bolton's
modern description (1983), as Trichoscapa
membranifera, is at .
It is a tramp species
occurring in many parts of the
tropics and warm temperate zones. Later Bolton (1983: 319, illustrated
profile and full-face view) reported examining a specimen from Sierra
Leone, collected at Njala by E. Hargreaves.
It is pictured by Hölldobler & Wilson (1990, page
125) and can be found on the Japanese
Ant Color Image Database.
The photomontage of the
holotype is collated
photomontage is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0005675
Collection details - USA: California; UCD WFCB Ecosystem study
center; Davis. Collection Information: Collection codes: ANTC1177.
Date: 23 May 2000. Collected by: J.Davis et. al. Method: Habitat: ex