The Ants of Africa
Genus Solenopsis
Solenopsis ugandensis Santschi

Solenopsis ugandensis Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Uganda (Solenopsis ugandensis n. sp., Santschi, 1933b: 102, worker) Kidongou, 11.v.1922, T Bakin - see below
subspecies congolensis (Solenopsis ugandensis Santschi stirps congolensis n. st., Santschi, 1935a: 263) from Zare, Luebo, 15.xii.1921, Dr Schouteden - see below
workers only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

Santschi's (1933b) description is at {original description}.

Santschi's (1935) description of congolensis is as follows (my translation), comparisons with type form -
Worker - TL 1.3-1.4 mm. Colour clear yellow; sculpturation similar, i.e. smooth except for fine reticulation giving a matt appearance to alitrunk. Head bigger and longer, anterior clypeal border simply arcuate, with denticules hardly distinct and well spaced. Antenna more slender, funiculus segments 3-6 twice as long as wide (marginally more so than type). Petiole pedicel longer and summit wider; postpetiole longer than high; node in dorsal view, appears rectangular, one-third wider than long and larger anteriorly (straighter in front and at least a quarter wider than long in type); sides more rounded. Otherwise as with type except more robust.

The type minor workers (below) appear identical and, thus, congolensis could be regarded as a junior synonym.

{Solenopsis ugandensis}The photomontage of a syntype worker is collated from

{Solenopsis congolensis}The photomontage of the congolensis type major worker is collated from

{Solenopsis congolensis}The photomontage of the congolensis type minor worker is collated from

{Solenopsis species 1}

Nigeria specimens (as Solenopsis species 1, Taylor, 1980a: 43).
WORKER. TL 1.40 mm, HL 0.34, HW 0.34, SL 0.25, PW 0.22
Colour golden yellow. Sculpturation restricted to reticulation of the propodeum, lower lateral mesonotum and petiole. Eye small. Propodeum an uninterrupted curve from metanotal groove to base. Erect hairs fine, moderately long and abundant, semiprone on the head; a few long erect hairs on the dorsal pronotum. This is a close match for Solenopsis ugandensis, as described for ssp congolensis by Santschi (1935).
Collected from soil at the Cocoa research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre, by B. Bolton.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Solenopsis ugandensis
B Taylor det.
A Fotso Kuate
Sample 64.1

0354'30" N
1125'58" E
aphid survey

{Solenopsis ugandensis}The photomontage is of a worker from Cameroun; Nko'ondo; collector A Fotso Kuate (fk unmounted 64)

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