The Ants of Africa
Genus Monomorium
Monomorium latinode Mayr

latinode-group - one species

Monomorium latinode Mayr

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Malaysia, Sarawak (Monomorium latinode nov. spec.,Mayr, 1872: 152, worker; synonymy by Bolton, 1987: 429) - see below
junior synonyms
bruneum (Monomorium latinode Mayr var. bruneum n. var., Emery, 1893f: 243, worker) from Sri Lanka, Kandy - see below
voeltzkowi (Monomorium Voeltzkowi n. sp., Forel, 1907g: 78, worker) from Tanzania, Pemba Is - see
worker only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

Mayr's (1872) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1907g) description of voeltzkowi is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1987) is at {original description}

WORKER - TL 2.6-3.2 mm (Bolton, 1987: 429, illustrated; drawing inaccurate).

Monomorium latinodeThe photomontage is of the type worker collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Monomorium latinode
B Taylor det.
B Taylor

23.9938889 N
90.4308333 E
Tending root aphids on potted rice in a screenhouse at the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute

{Monomorium latinode with aphids}Presumably a tramp species and not indigenous to Africa. The photomontage below is of workers I found tending root aphids on potted rice plants in a screenhouse at the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute in Summer 1982 (right). Although the overall features fit Bolton's description it has to be said that the head is rectangular with convex sides and not ovoid, as is shown clearly in the specimen where the right antenna is missing. The same also applies to the Sri Lanka specimen shown at the bottom.

{Monomorium latinode}Workers from Bangladesh, Joydepur, B Taylor.

{Monomorium latinode}The drawing from Wilson & Taylor(1967) is a better representation of the head than that shown by Bolton (1987).

{Monomorium latinode}The photomontage of the type of bruneum from Sri Lanka (the spelling as in the published description, Emery 1893f) is collated from
Emery designated the variety simply on the basis of the specimens from "Ceylon and continental India" as being consistently darker (brown with testaceous antennae) than those from the type location of Borneo.
2007, 2008, 2013, 2015 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
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