The Ants of Africa
Genus Terataner
Terataner piceus Menozzi

Terataner piceus Menozzi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Equatorial Guinea (Terataner piceus n. sp., Menozzi, 1942: 173, worker) collector H. Eidemann, in 1939-40
worker only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Terataner piceus}Menozzi's (1942) description is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1981b) is at {original description}.

WORKER - TL 4.6-5.5 mm; separable from velatus by a lack of rugular sculpture on the promesonotum and a lack of hairs on the first gastral tergite. Colour mid-brown to blackish-brown (Bolton, 1981b, illustrated but only the pedicel).

Other findings recorded by Bolton (1981b) included a collection at CRIN by himself, the only finding from Nigeria. Also from Cameroun, at Nko'emvon (D.A. Jackson).

From Ghana, Bolton (1981b) listed findings at Sajimasi and Aburi (by D. Leston) and Mampong (by P.M. Room). By deduction, it may have been the Terataner species A collected by Room (1971) from two of his cocoa canopy sample sites. In a later paper on the fauna of cocoa mistletoe, Room (1972a) described it as a mimic of Crematogaster africana, as it uses that ant's trails and copies its habit of bending the gaster over the alitrunk. He confused the question of species by listing Terataner species 37 as the only Terataner on cocoa mistletoe in Ghana by Room (1975). It was also collected by Bigger (1981a) at CRIG, 2 workers by pkd from Amelonado cocoa canopy. A single specimen was collected from secondary forest leaf litter at Nkawanda, by Belshaw & Bolton (1994b), who regarded it as a 'tourist' from off trees.

{Terataner piceus}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from

{Terataner piceus}The photomontage is collated from
Collection Information: Specimen Code CASENT0102228 Locality Cameroon: [Nkoemvon]; Collection codes: ANTC4502; Date: 1980; Collected by: D. Jackson

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