The Ants of Africa
Genus Decamorium
Decamorium raptor (Hita Garcia)

Decamorium raptor (Hita Garcia)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Cameroun (Tetramorium raptor, Hita Garcia sp. n. in Hita Garcia & Fisher, 2014: 84, illustrated, worker) collected at Bakundu, by A Dejean - see below

For full description see

{Decamorium raptor}The photomontage of the holotype worker is collated from

Decamorium raptorNigeria specimen (as Decamorium decem, Taylor 1980a: 47). WORKER. TL 3.17 mm, HL 0.68, HW 0.56, SL 0.42, PW 0.44
Dull red-brown, gaster darker. Mandibles with five to six teeth. Sides of median portion of clypeus and posterior margins of the lateral portions raised, bordering the antennal insertions. Antennae 10-segmented with 3-segmented club. Antennal scrobees present above the eyes, ventral margins of scrobes poorly defined. Anterodorsal pronotal angles acute; promesonotal suture absent. Metanotal groove impressed,  metanotal lobes present; propodeum bidentate. Sting with apicodorsal triangular lamelliform appendage. Femora of legs swollen.

In Nigeria, it nests in rotten logs or twigs in leaf-litter. Forage in leaf litter, often in single file. Will prey on termites.

My worker listed by Hita Garcia (2014).

Oxford University Museum specimens

Decamorium raptor
B Taylor det.
J-F Vayssieres
RVA 2911
09°22'13'' N
02°40'16'' E
Mangifera indica orchard
Quadrat 1, tube 1, variété: Eldon
Ground nesting (?)


{Decamorium raptor}The photomontage is of a worker from Benin, Korobouro; collector J-F Vayssieres, (RVA2911).

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