The Ants of Africa
Genus Tetraponera
Tetraponera triangularis (Stitz)

Tetraponera triangularis (Stitz)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Equatorial Guinea (Sima triangularis n. sp., Stitz, 1910: 131, worker; in Tetraponera, Wheeler, 1922: 800) holotype worker only, collected at Alen, by Tessmann - no images on Antweb (April 2015)
subspecies illota (Sima triangularis Stitz stirps illota n. st., Santschi, 1914d: 334, worker & queen) from Nigeria (Olokemeji, collector F. Silvestri - see below
Worker and queen described (see Bolton, 1995) .

Stitz's (1910) description is at {original description} and Santschi's (1914d) description of illota is at {original description}.

TL 7.5 mm; fine white sparse pilosity, short whitish pubescence on thorax and gaster; sculpturation of very fine dense puncturation on head and thorax; black, with anterior of head, posterior border of gaster segments and appendages yellow brown. Head shape similar to mocquerysi but with larger eyes and three ocelli.

{Tetraponera triangularis} The photomontage of the type worker of illota is collated from This and the worker from the Central African Republic (below) are a close match.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Tetraponera triangularis
B Taylor det.
Central African Republic
P Annoyer

0250'01.8" N
1608'13.7" E
375 m; Camp 3; 19h30; Ampoule classique 40 watts au camp

{Tetraponera triangularis}The photomontage is of a worker from the Central African Republic, Dzanga-Sangha Nature Reserve; collector Philippe Annoyer (CAR FM 1).

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.