Tetraponera latifrons (Emery)
Type location Gabon (Sima
(Pachysima) latifrons n. sp., Emery, 1912b: 98, illustrated, queen;
Santschi, 1914c: 288, worker & male; in Tetraponera, Ward,
1990: 688); all forms described (see Bolton, 1995) .
Wheeler (1922: 308)
gave an illustration and notes of
what he identified as latifrons from Zaïre. He listed it from Cameroun
(from Tiko, near Victoria, F. Silvestri), together with
Congo and Zaïre. He gave a few details,
mainly of the larvae; and reported it as found in and on a Barteria.
On the worker ge gave - TL 7-8.5 mm; head more typical of genus than aethiops;
clypeus with a conspicuous fringe of yellow ciliary bristles; petiole
and postpetiole with rearward hooked processes, quite pronounced on
petiole; black and shining. The drawing of the head, however, is
from the Emery queen and the workers I show below.
In the report of the Lang-Chapin expedition there also
is much information on the relation between the ant and the plant
(Bequaert, 1922) and on the woody structure of the plant (by Professor
Bailey) (see Ant Plants).
The specimens shown below were kindly sent to me by
Rumsais Blatrix, Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
1919 route de Mende, F-34293 Montpellier cedex 5, France; who has been
studying Tetraponera colonies
on Barteria fistulosa and
found about 8% were T. latifrons,
matching the original description. Thus, I have corrected this
page and replaced the thumbnail used in the key.