The Ants of Africa
Genus Dorylus Subgenus Typhlopone
Dorylus (Typhlopone) rhodesiae Forel - new status

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Dorylus (Typhlopone) rhodesiae Forel - new status

Type location Zimbabwe (Dorylus fulvus Westw., v. Rhodesiae n. st., Forel, 1913a: 111, worker; synonymy by Arnold, 1944: 2) see below.

{Dorylus fulvus worker heads} Forel's (1913a) report of the badius male and workers from Bulawayo, Rhodesia (Arnold) was accompanied by a brief description of new stirps Rhodesiae workers, TL 3-8.5 mm, smaller and paler yellow than the type, like badius. Separable from the type and badius by having a shorter head that is more feebly impressed behind. Head about one-sixth longer than wide, with more rounded posterior angles; petiole node as wide as it is long. The collected smallest worker evidently not a minima. Collector G Arnold, Bulawayo, Rhodesia; see - {original description}.

With his description of Dorylus eurous, Emery (1915g) provided illustrated comparative notes, including rhodesiae - these are at {original description}.

The specimens shown below match the short Forel description, showing the difference from Dorylus badius, and the major matches the Emery (1915g) illustration, in form and size relative to eurous

{Dorylus rhodesiae major} The photomontage is of the type major collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Dorylus (Typhlopone) rhodesiae
B Taylor det.

David King
King 01-10

Masai Mara
0126'04" S
3511'25" E
elev 1549 m asl; nest between cracks in paving stones.

{Dorylus rhodesiae}The photomontage is of specimens collected in Kenya, Masai Mara, Fig Tree Camp, 0126'04"S 3511'25"E, elev. 1549 m, 24.v.2000. by David King.

A full set of illustrations can be seen on the Polymorphism page.

2009, 2012, 2014 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.