The Ants of Africa
Genus Temnothorax
Temnothorax megalops (Hamann & Klemm)

Temnothorax megalops (Hamann & Klemm)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Sudan (Leptothorax (Icothorax) megalops, Hamann & Klemm, 1967: 417, illustrated, worker & queen; revised status Bolton, 2003: 252); 3 workers and one paratype queen only described (Bolton, 1995)

Junior synonym (here) Temnothorax mpala Prebus, 2015: 42, illustrated. Holotype worker: 1 worker: KENYA, Laikipia District, Mpala Research Centre, 0.28N, 36.87E, 1700m, 18.III.2001 “Black Cotton” ex. pitfall trap in No. exclosure (D. Misurelli) (BMNH: LACMENT323183). .


{Temnothorax megalops}Hamann & Klemm's (1967) description is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1982) is at {original description}
Prebus's description of mpala is in {original description}.


{Temnothorax megalops}WORKER - TL 2.5 mm (Bolton, 1982: 331, illustrated).


{Teemnothorax megalops}The photomontage of the holotype worker is collated from - http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0712601.


{Teemnothorax mpala}The photomontage of the mpala holotype worker is collated from - http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=lacment32318.

Temnothorax mpala Prebus, 2015: 42.
Type material. Holotype worker: 1 worker: KENYA, Laikipia District, Mpala Research Centre, 0.28N, 36.87E, 1700m, 18.III.2001 “Black Cotton” ex. pitfall trap in No. exclosure (D. Misurelli) (BMNH: LACMENT323183). Paratypes: 1 dealate queen: same data as previous (CASENT0733785). 1 worker, 1 dealate queen: same data as previous (NHMW: LACMENT323184). 1 male, 1 dealate queen: same data as previous (BMNH: LACMENT323185). 2 workers, 1 dealate queen: same data as previous (HLMD: LACMENT323186). KENYA, Laikipia District, Mpala Research Centre, 1650 m, 0.29N, 36.90E, Acacia woodland, ex pitfall trap near centre, collection code #01-225, 12.IV.2001 (R.R. Snelling) (BMNH: CASENT0280870). 1 worker, 1 dealate queen: same data as previous (LACM: CASENT0712602).

Worker measurements (n = 6). EL 0.168–0.193 (0.185); HL 0.598–0.67 (0.631); HW 0.445–0.488 (0.465); PW 0.34–0.373 (0.354); SL 0.43–0.467 (0.443).
Indices: CI 72.8–75.9 (73.6); SI 68.3–72.6 (70.2), OI 37–41.6 (39.8);  - note that Prebus uses SI = SL/HL X 100 and not the usual convention of SL/HW X 100;  hence SI of LACMENT323183 conventionally is 91.

These all fit within the ranges of Senegal specimens (below).


Oxford University Museum specimens

Temnothorax megalops
B Taylor det.
Senegal
Tambacounda
B Ndiaye
7.v.2009
Bambaraya
1306'30"N
1205'18" W
Bambaraya 07-V-09 St P 10 F
264 m; Soudanian savannah, pitfall traps

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Temnothorax megalops
B Taylor det.
Senegal
Tambacounda
B Ndiaye
10.v.2009
Dindifa
1309'40" N
1206'46" W
Dindifa 10-V-09 St 7 P3F [B]
Soudanian savannah, pitfall traps

1
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Temnothorax megalops
B Taylor det.
Senegal
Tambacounda
B Ndiaye
5.v.2009
Tandiankunda
1306'30"N
1205'18" W
Tandiankunda 05-V-09 St 2 P16F
Soudanian savannah, pitfall traps

1
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Temnothorax megalops
B Taylor det.
Senegal
Djolof
B Ndiaye
19.ii.2011
Widou
1600'00" N
1519' W
Widou 19-II-11 PIB2 PF5
42 m; Sahelian savannah, pitfall traps

1
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Temnothorax megalops
B Taylor det.
Queen
Senegal
Tambacounda
B Ndiaye
5.viii.2009
Niakafiri
1309'40" N
1206'46" W
Niakafiri 5-VIII-09 St 6 tronc arbruste
213 m; Soudanian savannah, by hand, tree trunk

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{Temnothorax megalops}

The photomontage is of a worker from Senegal, Bambaraya; collector B Ndiaye.

Bambaraya: TL ca 3.0 mm, HL 0.66, HW 0.52, SL 0.48, EL 0.21, PW 0.40; CI 78, SI 88, OI (EL/HWX100) 0.39
Dindifa: TL ca 2.60 mm, HL 0.60, HW 0.48, SL 0.40, EL 0.17, PW 0.34; CI 82, SI 80, OI (EL/HWX100) 0.46
Tandiankunda: TL ca 2.70 mm, HL 0.63, HW 0.50, SL 0.45, EL 0.20, PW ?; CI 80, SI 95, OI (EL/HWX100) 0.40
Widou: TL ca 3.20 mm, HL 0.70, HW 0.53, SL 0.52, EL 0.20, PW 0.40; CI 77, SI 100, OI (EL/HWX100) 0.40


{Temnothorax megalops}

The photomontage is of a worker from Senegal, Dindifa; collector B Ndiaye.

HL 0.60, HW 0.47, SL 0.40, EL 0.16; CI 80, SI 84, OI (EL/HWX100) 0.34


{Temnothorax megalops}

The photomontage is of a worker from Senegal, Widou; collector B Ndiaye.

HL 0.70, HW 0.50, SL 0.52, EL 0.19; CI 72, SI 107 OI (EL/HWX100) 0.38


Tenothorax megalops queenQueen
Drawing of the queen from Hamann & Klemm.


{Teemnothorax megalops}The photomontage of the cotype queen is collated from - http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0712600.


{Cataulacus vorticus}

The photomontage is of a queen from Senegal, Niakafiri; collector B Ndiaye. The form and dimensions exactly match the type queen.

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