The Ants of Africa
Genus Technomyrmex
Technomyrmex (Technomyrmex) parviflavus Bolton

Technomyrmex (T.) parviflavus Bolton

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Ghana (Technomyrmex parviflavus sp. n., Bolton, 2007: 31, illustrated, worker) from Bunso, collected by R Belshaw, leaf litter, ii.1992 - see below .

{Technomyrmex parviflavus}Bolton's (2007) description is at {original description}.

Note - Bolton states the propodeal profile is "extremely shallowly convex .. and meeting the straight declivity through a blunted angle; straight-line length of dorsum distinctly less than depth of declivity to the spiracle". The illustration in Bolton's paper is listed as Fig. 15 and does not match that description and, given the propodeal profile in the other species he describes as close relatives - Technomyrmex senex and Technomyrmex sycorax, it seems certain that image was incorrect. The correct image appears to be Fig. 13, labelled as T. vexatus from Morocco - thus I transposed the images (as shown right) [T. vexatus has the relatively domed propodeal profile].  The Antweb images now (2014) confirm this.

{Technomyrmex species T4} Nigeria specimens (as Technomyrmex species species T4, Taylor, 1978: 57). WORKER. Size variable. TL 2.03-2.49 mm, HL 0.62-0.72, HW 0.54-0.62, SL 0.62-0.72, PW 0.36-0.40
Colour yellow-brown but gaster darker. Appearance dull to due a very fine overall pubescence and a fine reticulate sculpturation. The latter forms a distinct longitudinal pattern on the pronotum. Erect hairs only on the ventral apex of the gaster, on the clypeus and a single short seta near the base of the fore coxa. In profile, the alitrunk is smoothly convex through the pronotum and mesonotum; the propodeum has an obtuse curved angle and the declivity is flat.
My only collections were made at night in a house at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre, foraging in a column from a nest within the wall. The specimens probably are among those listed by Bolton

As Technomyrmex species T4 in Taylor (1981) but listed without reference by Bolton (2007).

{Technomyrmex parvilflavus}The photomontage of the holotype worker is collated from -

{Technomyrmex parvilflavus}The photomontage of a worker, apparently from the type collection, is collated from -

{Technomyrmex parvilflavus}Note: For some time, I have suspected that the automontage technique used by Antweb and many others can produce a somewhat distorted compound image. Comparing the two specimens above and my drawing (by using digital imagery software, layering and playing with the opacity tool), I composed this image. With the head profiles all on the same scale, it is clear that, although slight, the automontage frontal view of the head, particularly of the holotype, is disproportionally elongated.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Technomyrmex parviflavus
B Taylor det.
G Debout & A Dalecky
Cameroon 02

2°33.97' N
9°50.62' E
on sandy soil and surface near the beach


{Technomyrmex_parviflavus}The photomontage is of workers collected in Cameroun - south-western tropical coastal forest area between Edéa and Campo (McKey Wolbachia project, Cameroon 2)

Previously misdiagnosed by me as Tapinoma melanocephalum.

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