The Ants of Africa
Genus Dorylus Subgenus Dorylus
Dorylus (Dorylus) depilis Emery

Dorylus (Dorylus) depilis Emery

return to key Male return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type locality Cameroun (Dorylus affinis Shuck. var depilis n. var., Emery 1895j: 720, male; Forel, 1911e: 254, worker & raised to species)
subspecies clarior (Dorylus affinis Shuckard var. clarior Santschi, 1915c, 1917c: 19, male) from Za´re
male and workers known (see Bolton, 1995) .

Emery's (1895j) description of the male is at {original description}. Forel's (1911e) description of the worker is at {original description}. In translation, the latter reads - one worker from Altkalabar has a different appearance; with similarity to affinis (brevinodosus) in that the petiole ?? is shorter than wide; also more curved and wider .

Santschi (1917c) noted the clarior male as differing from depilis in being dull yellow or rusty yellow, similar colour to affinis, depilis being notably darker; head brown black; fore wings more than 16 mm long (15 mm in affinis); pilosity as depilis. Specimens from Zambezi, by Durand, 1889; and Za´re, Oubanghi, by Rev. P. Augustin, 1 male. He noted specimens from Fernando Po were duller coloured than depilis; and affinis variety ugandensis had a more rust head which also was more transverse, with a shorter funiculus segment 2. See Dorylus affinis for comparison.

Wheeler (1922) indicates the type locality as "Gold Coast", i.e. Ghana, also listing it as from Togo, Nigeria (Old Calabar, by Bates; first in Forel, 1911e) and Cameroun (Sj÷stedt and Conradt), plus several countries eastwards to Uganda and Tanzania. Forel (1909b, 1911g) found specimens in the Congo Museum from Za´re, Kitobola, by Rovere, and Lukula, by Daniel.

Dorylus depilis maleThe photomontage is of a type male worker collated from

Dorylus depilis maleThe photomontage is of the clarior type male worker collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Dorylus (Dorylus) depilis
B Taylor det.

Y Braet
Gabon 08

00░34' N
09░19' E
Point Wingombe; termitarium; winkler funnel
Dorylus (Dorylus) depilis
B Taylor det.
Central African Republic
P Annoyer
03░06'14.6" N
16░08'52.1" E
493 m; Camp de transit 2; 18h30-3h;
Au dessus d'une chute d'eau (ruisseau Songo 1) Ó proximitÚ du camp

{Dorylus depilis}The photomontage is of what appears to be a large media of this species, from Gabon; Pongara National Park; collector Yves Braet (Gabon 08).

The diagnosis is not certain as the original species description is so poor, but the petiole is short and wider than long, and the alitrunk overall longer and more slender than the other species which are described as workers; the alitrunk appears lacking in pilosity and pubescence.

{Dorylus depilis male}The photomontage is of a male from the Central African Republic, Dzanga-Sangha NP; collector Philippe Annoyer (CAR HS). Needs reassessment - too large for either of above and mandibles shorter and not narrowing so sharply apically.

ę 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.