The Ants of Africa
SUBFAMILY MYRMICINAE - Genus Temnothorax
Contents - Myrmicinae - MYRMICINAE Introduction

Genus Temnothorax Mayr

In Tribe FORMICOXENINI.

Genus definition Mayr (1861: 68), revived status Bolton (2003: 252).

Mayr's (1861) genus definition is at {original description}.

Reversion by Bolton (2003: 270 ff) from one Genus Leptothorax into three Genera Leptothorax Mayr, Nesomyrmex Wheeler and Temnothorax Mayr.

Temnothorax - Median anterior portion of clypeus without a prominent lobe and not overlapping mandibles; transverse crest absent from stipe of maxilla; clypeus with median carina; antennae 11- or 12-segmented (in Africa only 12-segmented).

Key to the workers of African species (adapted from Bolton, 1982):

-- {Leptothorax megalops}Large eyes max 0.38 of HW; petiole node in profile with rounded posterodorsal angle .
. {Leptothorax megalops} Sudan across Sahel to Senegal - megalops
-- {Leptothorax cenatus}Smaller eyes max 0.31 of HW; petiole node in profile with sharp posterodorsal angle .
-- {Leptothorax cenatus}. Kenya - cenatus
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