The Ants of Africa
Genus Cerapachys
Cerapachys villiersi Bernard

Cerapachys villiersi Bernard

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type locality Guinea (Cerapachys villiersi n. sp., Bernard, 1952: 215, illustrated) from Mt. Nimba, holotype worker only, from sifting leaf litter in primary forest, Nimba, north-east, ix.1946, by Villiers (also see Bolton, 1995); worker described .

{Cerapachys villiersi}Bernard's (1952) description is at {original description}. My translation - WORKER: TL 2.6 mm; colour uniform brown-red, shiny, appendages dark yellow. Head, thorax and petiole with large deep puncturations, spaced out, intervening space brilliantly shiny. Gastral puncturation rather finer. Dense oblique white pilosity all over the body and appendages. Head shorter than in cribrinodis, posterior angles less pronounced; vertex excavated in a feeble arc, less than semi-circular. Eyes smaller, with ca. 90 facets; lightly convex, posterior border level with the mid-point of the head. Mandibles and antennae of the common genus form. Thorax profile feebly convex; face of propodeal declivity flat, finely bordered. Petiole high, posterior face overall concave in profile, not rectilinear as its cousins; subpetiolar process a yellowish flange, with 3 anterior points and one posterior. Postpetiole convex anteriorly, projecting much less ventrally than cribrinodis.

Bernard (1952) felt that, unlike cribrinodis, this species, in common with other ants from Nimba, has affinity with southern African forms.

Cerapachys villiersiThe photomontage of the type worker is collated from

2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2015 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
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