The Ants of Africa
Genus Ecphorella
Ecphorella wellmani (Forel)

Ecphorella wellmani (Forel)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Angola (Tapinoma (Ecphorella) Wellmani n. sp., Forel, 1909b: 66, not illustrated, worker; in genus by Shattuck, 1992c: 83) .

{Ecphorella wellmani}Forel's (1909b) description is at {original description}.

{Ecphorella wellmani}WORKER - TL 1.8 mm; mandibles short, robust, smooth, puncturate, with about 7 teeth. Clypeus depressed, anterior border widely biscalloped or bisinuous; medially feebly convex; without carinae; anterior third a triangular plate. Whole of head flattened, trapezoidal, enlarged and indented posteriorly; narrowed anteriorly; sides mildly convex. Eyes medium, set in middle of sides. Scape reaching posterior seventh of head; antenna 12-segmented and slender; apical segment strongly narrowed, a little longer than wide; all other segments, save the first, more slender than long, middle two twice as slender as long. Thorax short and slender; sutures distinct; promesonotum mildly convex, as wide as long; pronotum two and a half times wider than long. Metanotal groove distinct but shallow, with two spiracles raised in profile. Propodeal dorsum slightly convex, near horizontal, enlarged posteriorly, slightly wider than long, with a rounded angle or obtuse tubercle on the lateral posterior border; declivity near vertical, a little shorter than the dorsum, from which it curves. Petiole scale low, strongly inclined anterior face, narrow, obtuse and rounded summit. Legs short, femora and tibiae slender.
Smooth and shiny, with sparse, fine, piligerous punctures and some faint vestiges of reticulation. Body with fine sparse yellowish pubescence, slightly more abundant on appendages. Erect hairs no more than a few on the gaster.
Colour dark brown; appendages clear brown.
Holotype worker only seen; collected in Benguela, by Creighton Wellman.

The photomontage of the holotype is collated from the site at

2007, 2010 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.