The Ants of Africa
Genus Terataner
Terataner elegans Bernard

Terataner elegans Bernard

return to key Type location Guinea (Terataner elegans n. sp., Bernard, 1952: 243, illustrated, queen; worker described by Bolton, 1981b: 292) holotype queen collected at Kéoulenta, sample 2, savanna, by Lamotte; worker and queen described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Terataner elegans queen}Bernard's description (1952) is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1981b) is at {original description}.

{Terataner elegans} Nigeria specimen (Terataner species T¹, Taylor 1980a: 7). WORKER. TL 6.21 mm, HL 1.31, HW 1.24, SL 0.78, PW 0.93
Colour orange-brown, darker posteriorly (one CRIN specimen was generally lighter). Appearance dull due to an all over fine reticulate sculpturation, overlaid by longitudinal rugae, most marked on the head but finer posteriorly until they disappear on the posterior dorsum of the first gastral tergite. Erect hairs short and sparse; pilosity on the dorsal surfaces but extremely sparse and very short. Lateral posterior corners of the head and anterior dorsal corners of the pronotum with acute angles or minute denticles. Petiole teeth pyramidal with a round apex in front view. Postpetiole in front view is hemispherical, with a flat anterior face which has pronounced vertical rugae.

Collected from shrub vegetation at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre, SC3 Block, and on cocoa at Ogbere (near Ibadan) and Ife, where it was found in a debris tent on a cocoa flower. The last was the only Nigerian record listed by Bolton (1981b).

{Terataner elegans}Other records listed by Bolton (1981b) were almost all from Ghana - at CRIG (B. Bolton; C.A.M. Campbell), Kunso (D.J. Cross), Adeisio, Bunso and Sajimasi (D. Leston), and Aburi (P.M. Room).

The photomontage is collated from the site at
Collection Information: Specimen Code CASENT0102230; Locality Ghana: Ashanti: [Tafo; PF 4:3]; Collection codes: ANTC4504; Date: 27 Feb 1970; Collected by: B.Bolton

{Terataner elegans type queen}The photomontage of the holotype queen from Guinea is collated from the site at

Specimen collected at Kéoulenta, elevation 500-550 m, to the east of the Mt Nimba massif, "relevé D" , 100 m², in humid savannah, with large Andropogon and well stocked soil; collector Maxime Lamotte.
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