Ants of Africa
Taylor new species
DESCRIPTION: Head elongated (HL > HW) with a weakly
convex occiput; anterior margin of clypeus straight; mandibles with
three well develope3d apical teeth rest of inner margin edentate; eyes
very shallowly convex and set in slight
depressions on the sides of the head; antennal scape reaching about 3/4
point of head; alitrunk
almost flat in profile, the propodeum in profile with the transition
from dorsum to declivity a sharp but clearly rounded angle and the
declivity flat; erect hairs on ventral apex of the gaster, on
the clypeus and 2 on the fore coxa; dense but minute fine pubescence;
colour all over shiny yellow-brown; funiculi darker grey brown except
for light basal and apical
segments; tarsi and apex of gaster also dark grey brown
TL 1.5-1.9 mm, HL 0.50,
HW 0.40, CI = 121, SL 0.40, SI = 82, EL = 0.10, OI = 26; PW 0.28
Three workers examined
Type location: Mali -
Bamako, 12.37.48 N 08.00.27 W, 323 m; 25.viii.2007; King 47; hotel
central Bamako, foraging on wall on outside of stairwell, collected
with Pheidole pallidula and Crematogaster
chlorotica; David M King.
Named in recognition of the collector, David M King.
Specimens deposited in the Oxford University Museum of
Oxford University Museum
B Taylor det.
|323 m asl; foraging on wall of outside stairwell
2 on 1 point
photomontage is of a worker.
photomontage is of a worker (bottom) showing apparent mimicry of
colour with Crematogaster chlorotica
(top) and Pheidole tristis (middle),
all collected at the same time on the same wall.
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.