The Ants of Africa
Genus Aenictus
Aenictus guineensis Santschi stat. n.

Aenictus guineensis Santschi stat. n.

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Guinea (Aenictus rotundatus Mayr stirps guineensis, Santschi, 1924b: 204, illustrated, worker) from Kakulima, collected by F. Silvestri; worker only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Aenictus guineensis}Santschi (1924b) gave a brief description, with illustrations, this is at {original description}.

Given the distinctive shape of the petiole and postpetiole, also the more smoothly rounded transition from the dorsum to declivity of the propodeum, and the consistency with the specimen I drew from a finding at CRIN, Nigeria (see below), I feel there is justification to raise this to species status.

{Aenictus guineensis} Nigeria specimens (as Aenictus species 1, Taylor, 1980b: 5). WORKER. TL 2.36 mm, HL 0.51, HW 0.40, SL 0.23, PW 0.26
Colour orange. Sculpturation only of faint rugoreticulation on the lateral mesonotum and propodeum. Erect hairs moderate both in length and abundance. Head shape in front view more rectangular than rotundatus. Anterior clypeal margin denticulate. Mandible with slightly elongated triangular apex but only very small denticles. Propodeum without posterior margination. Subpetiolar process with a blunt anterior apex; subpostpetiolar process blunt triangular.
Collected from leaf litter at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre (B. Bolton).

Aenictus guineensisThe photomontage is of the holotype worker collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Aenictus guineensis
B Taylor det.
J-F Vayssieres
RVA 3015
09°22'13'' N
02°40'16'' E
Mangifera indica orchard
Quadrat 1, série 1, variété Gouverneur; ground nesting

{original description}

{Aenictus guineensis}The photomontage is of a worker collected from Benin;  J-F Vayssieres
RVA 3015

{Aenictus guineensis}The photomontage is of a specimen from Ghana, collected by S Sky Stephens, 2006.

Other images can be seen in the folder at {original description}

{Aenictus guineensis}The photomontage is derived from that taken by Mike Lush, Gambia, 3.iv.2007; listed on

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