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SUBFAMILY MYRMICINAE - Genus Solenopsis - Solenopsis lou Forel

Solenopsis lou Forel

return to key  Type location Algeria (Forel, 1902a: 152, queen & male, also Forel, 1903b: 459; Santschi, 1911f: 81, worker) - see below
junior synonym aurata (Solenopsis latro ssp aurata, Karavaiev, 1912a: 11, illustrated, worker [unavailable]; synonymy of lou, Karavaiev, 1927b: 108) - see https://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?name=casent0913906


{Solenopsis lou}Forel's (1902a) description is at {original description}. Santschi's (1911f) description of the worker is at {original description}. Karaviaev's (1927b) further, illustrated, description of the worker is at {original description}.

WORKER (Santschi, 1911a) - TL 1.8-2.5 mm; yellow rust; smooth and shiny with discreet piligerous puncturation; head elongated as orbula, weakly narrowed close to the posterior corners and the sides slightly arcuate; eyes as fugax (6-9 facets).


{Solenopsis lou}{Solenopsis lou queen}The illustration of the queen was given without any notes by Santschi (1934e).


Egypt records - Finzi (1936: 180) - a series of males collected at Helouan, 13.iii.1935. Sharaf list - material examined: Saloga Islands (Aswan), 2.v.2002 (1) (SHC).


{Solenopsis lou}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0908868


{Solenopsis lou} The photomontage is of what appears to be a minor specimen from Saloga Islands (Aswan), 2.v.2002, 24.05 N, 32.56 E, 1 worker, collected by M. R. Sharaf).


{Solenopsis lou major worker} The photomontage is of what appears to be a major specimen from Mafareq (South Sinai), 5.iii.1998, 28.42 N, 33.19 E., collector M. R. Sharaf.


{Solenopsis lou major worker} The photomontage shows a comparison of the above major specimen with the Santschi major.

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