The Ants of Africa
Genus Monomorium
Monomorium albopilosum Emery


Monomorium albopilosum Emery

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Africa (Monomorium albopilosum n. sp., Emery, 1895h: 24, worker; as bicolor Mayr, 1901b: 7, queen) Bloemfontein, Weitzecker
junior synonyms
clarithorax (Monomorium (Xeromyrmex) albopilosum Em. var. clarithorax n. var., Santschi, 1919b: 235, worker) South Africa, Natal, Haviland - see
fingo (Monomorium albopilosum Em. race fingo n. subsp., Arnold, 1946: 61, illustrated, worker) from Zimbabwe, Maastrict, Albany District - see
paucipilosa (Monomorium (Xeromyrmex) albopilosum Em. stirps paucipilosa n. st., Santschi, 1919b: 235, worker) from South Africa - Natal, Haviland - see
thales (Monomorium albopilosum Em. v. Thales n.v., Emery, 1913a: 136, worker; Arnold, 1916: 208, queen & male) from Zimbabwe, Springvale - see

{monomorium albopilosum fingo}Emery's (1895h) description is at {original description}. Mayr's (1901b) description of the queen is at {original description} Emery's (1913a) description of thales is at {original description}. Arnold (1916: 207) provided translations and further material on thales - this is at {original description}, {original description} and {original description}. Santschi's (1919b) description of varieties paucipilosa and clarithorax is at {original description}. Arnold's (1946) description of fingo is at {original description}.

{Monomorium albopilosum}Bolton's modern description (1987) is at {original description}.

WORKER - TL 3.4-4.4 mm; densely covered with erect hairs, unicolorous light to dark brown (Bolton, 1987, 335, illustrated).  Note Arnold (1946) gave fingo as deep black.

{Monomorium albopilosum}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Monomorium albopilosum
B Taylor det.

South Africa
H Brauns

2637' E
2723' S
Host ant to Fustigeropsis simplex Raffray
ex P Hlavac


{Monomorium albopilosum}The photomontage is of a specimen sent to me in February 2006 by Peter Hlavac. From the label data, it clearly is from the collection by Dr H Brauns and identified by Mayr (1901b) as bicolor, with the workers at least noted as possibly the subspecies Monomorium nitidiventre Emery. The latter is not known south of Sudan, however, is smaller and does not have an abundance of erect pale hairs.

See also

2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
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