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Cardiocondyla mauritanica (Forel)

return to key return to listIran list {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Tunisia (Cardiocondyla nuda Mayr r. mauritanica, Forel, 1890a: lxxv, worker; Forel, 1901e: 378, queen; Forel, 1904c: 6, ergatoid male; raised to species, Ortiz & Tinaut, 1987: 32) Kairouan, Santschi
junior synonym nitida (Cardiocondyla Emeryi Forel sbsp. nitida, Bernard, 1948: 142, worker; synonymy by Bernard, 1956c: 305) from Algeria - no images on Antweb (March 2015)
ectopia (Snelling, 1974: 76, illustrated, worker, queen & ergatoid male) from USA; synonymy by Seifert, 2003: 248) - see

{Cardiocondyla mauritanica}Forel's (1890a) description simply noted that mauritanica differed from the type form (of nuda) by having a deeper, more distinct metanotal groove, the alitrunk dorsum being somber red and the antero-lateral margins of the pronotum being more marked. Forel's (1904c) description is at {original description}. Finzi's (1936) illustrated note is at {original description}. Bernard's (1948) description of nitida is at {original description}. Otiz & Tinaut's (1967) description (not listed by Seifert, 2003) is at {original description}.

Seifert (2003: 248) has a record, without details, of a collection from Zimbabwe, 1995, 07.

{Cardiocondyla mauritanica}The photomontage of a cotype worker is collated from

{Cardiocondyla mauritanica} Forel's (1904c) report was of specimens collected in Mauritania, at Biskra, and in Tunisia by F Santschi.

The photomontage is collated from the website on ants from Spain.

{Cardiocondyla mauritanica}Seifert's (2003: 248) revisionary description is at {original description}.

{Cardiocondyla sp} Egypt records - Karavaiev (1911: 8) found workers in the Municipal Garden in Aswan, nesting in the earth around a flower bed; Forel (1911h: 457) recorded mauritanica from Cairo, coll E Gräter; Donisthorpe (1942a), two dealated queens & 42 workers from Siwa, collector J Omer-Cooper, June-August 1935 - probably Cardiocondyla batesii; Finzi (1936) from Aswan, Cairo, Khartoum, series of workers & alate queens from Wadi Isla, Sinai, 28.ii.1933; the report by Mohamed et al (2001) of nuda seems more likely to be mauritanica, especially as they described their specimens (in key) as having the head, alitrunk, nodes and appendages brown, gaster black, whereas the original nuda description has the alitrunk as fuscous and the head and gaster blackish, Mayr also described the petiole nodes as being punctate.

Mohamad (1979) thesis had - Sakkara road (Giza) (Coll.Min.) Alexandria, 5.viii.1975; Pyramids, 18.v.1976; Benimazar (El-Menyia), 28.i.1978; Menyia el-Qamh (Sharqyia), 30.i.1978 (Coll.Ain.)
Seifert (2003) lists the Karavaiev finding and adds - Gizeh, gyne, 27.iv.1994, and Hurghada Gifthun, worker, 12.ix.1992, and, Cairo, worker, 30.x.1957.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Cardiocondyla mauritanica
B Taylor det.
M Sharaf

Marsa Matrouh
31°21' N
27°14' E
Kaseh Tourist Village
{original description}
Cardiocondyla mauritanica
B Taylor det.
M Sharaf
28°42' N
33°19' E

{original description}
Cardiocondyla mauritanica
B Taylor det.
M Sharaf
Sallant Mansurah
31°10' N
31°35' E

{original description}

{Cardiocondyla mauritanica type form}The photomontage of what appear a fair match to the type form is of workers from Egypt, Kaseh Tourism Village, Marsa Matrouh; collector Mostafa Sharaf.

{Cardiocondyla mauritanica morph B}

Cardiocondyla mauritanica morph B - Seifert (2003: 250)

Seifert examined a worker from Egypt, 23.iv.1968, Sinai, Ein Chadjiah; also from Spain, Granada, Motril, iv.2004, collector Heinze, 11 workers out of four nests of typical Cc. mauritanica.
Sharaf list - Material examined: Sahab (South Sinai), 5.iii.1998 (3); Salhyia, 17.iii.2002 (1); Abu-Swelam (El-Minyia), (2); Elqasmia (Belbis), 21.ii.2003 (1); Sahab (South Sinai), 8.iii.1998 (1) (SHC).

{Cardiocondyla mauritanica Morph B}The photomontage of what appear a fair match to the Seifert morph B is of workers from Egypt, Mafareq, S Sinai; collector Mostafa Sharaf.

{Cardiocondyla mauritanica Morph B}The photomontage is of a workers from Egypt, taken by Mostafa Sharaf.

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