Simopone wilburi Santschi
Type location Zaïre
(Simopone wilburi new species, Weber,
1949a: 7, illustrated, worker; synonymy by Brown, 1975; see Bolton
1995; reversed by Bolton & Fisher, 2012: 40, illustrated) from Zaïre,
17 m north of Beni, 24.ii.1948, collector N A
Weber - type images not on Antweb (October 2014) .
Weber's (1949a) description of wilburi
is on .
Brown (1975: 81) described examining the unique worker
type specimen - HL 0.97 mm, HW 0.67 behind the eyes; Petiole disc very
slightly narrowed in front and margined both front and rear, almost
square. Head coarsely punctate, space between eyes and frontal carinae
finely longitudinally reticulo-striate, near sericeous. Coarse
punctures also on the shining, near smooth, alitrunk dorsum. Petiole
and postpetiole more densely and finely punctate, gaster even more
finely so but still shining. Pilosity of reclining white pubescence.
Colour black, clypeus and femora brown, antennae, tibiae, tarsi and
Later the same day, he saw a specimen from Yangambi (A Raignier and J
van Boven), taken with other specimens nesting in hollow twigs in Zaïre.
photomontage is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=CASENT0004516
Collection details - Gabon: Woleu-Ntem; 20.5 km 110° ESE
Minvoul; 02°05'54"N 012°18'42"E, 600m. Collection Information:
Collection codes: BLF1636. Date: 2 Feb 1998. Collected by: B.L.Fisher.
Method: EC12 ground forager(s. Habitat: rainforest. Listed by Bolton
& Fisher (2012: 42)