The Ants of Africa
Genus Cataulacus
Cataulacus weissi Santschi

Cataulacus weissi Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server}Type location Congo (Cataulacus Weissi n. sp., Santschi, 1913c: 310, worker; Forel, 1916: 427, queen & male) collected at Brazzaville, by A. Weiss, 1907 - see below
junior synonyms
plectroniae (Cataulacus traegaordhi Santschi variety plectroniae new variety, Wheeler, 1922: 199, worker; synonymy Bolton, 1974a: 39) from Za´re - no images on Antweb (September 2014)
aethiops (Cataulacus jeanneli Sants. v. aethiops n. var., Santschi, 1924b: 220, worker; synonymy Bolton, 1982: 358) from Za´re, collected at Kidada-Kitabola by H. Schouteden, and Burumbu by Bequaert - see
all forms known (see Bolton, 1995) .

Santschi's (1913c) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1916) description of the queen and male is at {original description}. Santschi's (1924b) description of aethiops is at {original description}, Bolton's modern description (1974a) is at {original description}. Bolton (1982) simply had "syn. n." with no comment.

Also with a scarce but wide distribution across West African forests, with records from Ivory Coast, Banco Forest (W.L.Brown) and Ghana (D. Leston) (Bolton, 1974a).

Cataulacus weissiThe photomontage of the type worker is collated from

{Cataulacus weissi plectroniae}Wheeler (1922) described variety plectroniae from Stanleyville, Za´re, collected by Lang & Chapin, two dozen specimens from the cavities of a species of Plectronia. Bequaert (1922, p 467) also noted its being found in Randia myrmecophila. Another record is of it nesting in myrmecophilous plants, notably in the swollen, hollow stems of Rothmannia sp. of Rubiaceae (H÷lldobler & Wilson, 1990, page 538).
The photomontage is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Cataulacus weissi
B Taylor det.
Y Braet
Gabon 39
00░34' N
09░19' E
Pointe Wingombe; forest edge Malaise trap
Cataulacus weissi
B Taylor det.

A Fotso Kuate
Cataulacus sp11

03░54'30" N
11░25'58" E
Quadrat in fallow

{Cataulacus weissi}The photomontage is of a worker from Cameroun, Matomb; collector A Fotso Kuate (Cataulacus sp 11).

{Cataulacus weissi queen}The photomontage is of an alate queen from Gabon; Pongara National Park, Pointe Wingombe; collector Yves Braet (Gabon 39).

Apparently somewhat smaller than that given by Bolton (1974a).

ę 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.