The Ants of Africa
Genus Cardiocondyla
Cardiocondyla wassmanni Santschi - status revived

Cardiocondyla wassmanni Santschi - status revived

return to key - Seifert Key return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Cameroun (Cardiocondyla wassmanni n. sp., Santschi, 1926b: 241, worker), collected at Gr. Batanga, by R.P.E. Wassman - see below
junior synonym sculptior (Cardiocondyla wassmanni Sants. var. sculptior n. var., Santschi, 1926b: 241, worker) from Gabon, Sam Kita, collector F Faure .

{Cardiocondyla wassmanni}Santschi's (1926b) descriptions of wassmanni and sculptior are at {original description}. Santschi (1932a: 388) gave an illustrated comparison of wassmanni and sculptior, this is at {original description}. Weber's (1952) description of fusca is at {original description}. Bolton's (1982) modern description under shuckardi is at {original description}.

The remains of a type worker and the fresh worker from Congo (shown below) are distinctly more heavily built than the type of Cardiocondyla shuckardi and the description given by Seifert (2003). They, however, appear to match the description given by Bolton (1982, illustrated, full-face view, whole body profile) WORKER - TL 2.0-2.6 mm; medium brown to blackish-brown. Other features separating it from shuckardi are the more pronounced sculpturation on the head and alitrunk. It seems a typical Boltonism that he gave a blanket synonym of old forms. In this instance he wrote - " in extreme cases the dorsal alitrunk may be almost smooth". That is exactly as displayed by the schuckardi holotype.  The wassmanii specimens have a distinctly double domed profile to the alitrunk; the pedicale segments have a more rectangular profile.

{Cardiocondyla wassmanni}The photomontage of the partial remains of a type worker is collated from The sculptior type is lost entirely, apart from the label (see

Oxford University Museum specimens

Cardiocondyla wassmanni
B Taylor det.
Y Braet
4 15' 33" S
15 17' 5" E
24h pitfall trap; forest around the GERDIB laboratories; 317 m asl
{original description}

{Cardiocondyla wassmanni}The photomontage is collated from specimens from Congo, Brazzaville; collectors Yves Braet & Eric Zassi (pitfall t 1.1).

2009, 2010, 2014, 2015 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
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