Strumigenys pallestes Bolton
Type location Ghana
(Bolton, 1971a: 62, illustrated, worker & queen; 1983: 383,
illustrated, full-face view), collected at CRIG, also at Baudua (D.
Leston); worker and queen described .
Nigeria specimen (Taylor, 1979: 51). WORKER. TL
2.1 mm, HL 0.56, HW 0.40, SL 0.24
Holotype and paratypes 2.0-2.2 mm (Bolton, 1971a, 1983).
No preocular notch. Mandibles with a very broad base, the first
preapical tooth small but the second larger. Ventral apical tooth
smaller than the dorsal. Sculpturation of head and alitrunk of fine
dense puncturation, weaker on the alitrunk. Gaster and pedicel shiny.
Dorsum of alitrunk with five pairs of long erect, clavate hairs on the
dorsolateral margin; erect clavate hairs relatively abundant on the
pedicel and gaster. Dorsal surfaces of the head and alitrunk with
abundant, short spatulate hairs; dorsolateral margin of head with a
fringe of longer curved hairs. Spongiform appendages massively
developed on the pedicel as are the lamellae below the propodeal teeth.
Colour dull yellow to brownish-yellow.
Collected at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria,
Idi Ayunre, by B. Bolton), noting that it was arboreal but had not been
found in pkd sampling. Also found by me from nests in rot-holes in
cocoa tree trunks (both in Bolton, 1983).