Technomyrmex (Technomyrmex) albipes (F. Smith)
As in Bolton (1995: 402)
Type location Sulawesi
(Formica (Tapinoma) albipes, F. Smith, 1861b: 38, worker; Forel,
1891b: 98, queen; Karavaiev, 1926d: 441, male)
albitarse, Motschulsky, 1863: 14, worker &
queen; synonymy Emery, 1893f: 249) from Sri Lanka, "Ceylon,
Hong Kong (Novara)"
nigrum (Tapinoma nigrum n. sp., Mayr,
worker, synonymy, Mayr, 1876: 83) from Sri Lanka
albipes (Smith) stirps rufescens
n. st., Santschi, 1928c: 70, illustrated, worker)
albipes (Smith) var. vitiensis
var. nov., Mann, 1921: 473, worker) from Fiji, Viti Levu
bruneipes (Forel, 1895e: 466, worker) from India
brunneus (Forel, 1895e: 467, worker) from India
cedarensis (Forel, 1915b: 85, worker & queen)
cordiformis (Viehmeyer, 1916a: 143, worker) from Singapore
rotundiceps (Karavaiev, 1926d: 443, worker) from Java
albipes (Smith) , truncicolus subsp. nov., Weber, 1943c:
380, worker; spelling altered by Bolton, 1995: 403) from Sudan,
Imatong Mts, 1.viii.1939
albipes Sm. r. Wedda
n. stirps, Forel, 1913e: 663, worker & queen) from Sri
(2007: 68) has this as including only
Type location Sulawesi (Formica
(Tapinoma) albipes, F. Smith, 1861b: 38, worker; Forel, 1891b: 98,
queen; Karavaiev, 1926d: 441, male) - syntype below
(Motschulsky, 1863: 14, worker & queen; synonymy Emery, 1893f:
249) from Sri Lanka - no images on Antweb (October 2015)
bruneipes (Forel, 1895e: 466, worker) from Sri
Lanka - see https://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0909789
nigrum (Tapinoma nigrum, Mayr, 1862: 703,
worker, synonymy, Mayr, 1876: 83) from Sri Lanka - see https://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0915552
(Forel, 1913e: 663, worker & queen) from Sri Lanka - see https://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0909792.
F Smith's (1861b) description is at . Mayr's (1862) description of nigrum
is at . Motschoulsky's (1863) description of albitarse
is at . Forel's (1863) description of wedda
is at .
Karavaiev's (1926d) illustrated
description of the male is at . Santschi's (1928c) illustrated
description of rufescens is at . Weber's (1943c) description of truncicola
is at . Mann (1921) on vitiensis simply had - "differing
from typical albipes in the
colour of the legs which are reddish brown, with the tarsi light brown,
instead of black with the tarsi white".
(2007: 68) redescription is at
He listed only two African records - Kenya (given as Tanzania),
Mombasa (Ferrari) [a major seaport], and, South Africa,
Witwatersrand, on goods imported from Mauritius, M. Bolton. He also
pallipes (with truncicolus (above) as a junior
synonym), and, Technomyrmex
vitiensis as distinct, also tramp species.
Room (1971) reported T.
albipes from Ghana, at the Mampong Cemetery Farm on
under cocoa, and in a cocoa canopy sample (Room, 1971). That almost
certainly was Technomyrmex
andrei, which seems to be quite common in Nigeria and possibly
Ghana, listed by Bolton (2007: 19) [note not semiruber as I
(1985), reporting it from Saudi Arabia,
noted that this is a distinctive dark species with pale tarsi and
funiculus segments. Diagnostic characters he gave are - anterior border
of clypeus with a shallow, rounded incision; tarsi very pale
contrasting with the darker tibiae.
The photomontage of a syntype worker is collated
Oxford University Museum
B Taylor det.
4° 15' 33" S
15° 17' 5" E
photomontage is of a worker from Congo, Brazzaville, ORSTOM
campus; collectors Yves Braet & Eric Zassi, 2007.
Earlier thought by me to be T. senex, this clearly matches the albipes type above.
The photomontage of a
male from Mauritius is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0055727