The Ants of Africa
Genus Myrmicaria
Myrmicaria consanguinea Santschi - new status

Myrmicaria consanguinea Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Kenya (Myrmicaria eumenoides st. congolensis, var. consanguinea, nov., Santschi, 1914b: 115; Myrmicaria fusca Stitz v. consanguinea n. var., Santschi, 1925c: 166, worker & queen) from Kenya, Likoni, Alluaud & Jeannel - see below
junior synonyms (here)
nigerrima (Myrmicaria nigerrima, Arnold, 1916: 270, illustrated, worker; Myrmicaria fusca Stitz stirps nigerrima Arnold, Santschi, 1925c: 167, male) from Zimbabwe, Matopo Hill, G Arnold - see below
laevifrons (Myrmicaria fusca Stitz st. nigerrima Arnold v. laevifrons n. var., Santschi, 1925c: 167, worker) from Mozambique, Amatonga Forest, Arnold - see below

{Myrmicaria fusca nigerrima}Santschi's (1914b) description of is at {original description}. Arnold's (1916) description of nigerrima is at {original description}. Santschi's (1925c) description, with consanguinea and laevifrons, is at {original description}.

Probably purely from eastern Africa.

{Myrmicaria consanguinea}The photomontage of the holotype is collated from

laevifrons is identical to consanguinea (the latter type is damaged) and both are notably larger than nigerrima. All three are the same dark colour. Separate species Myrmicaria

{Myrmicaria laevifrons}The photomontage of the laevifrons type is collated from

{Myrmicaria nigerrima}The photomontage of the nigerrima type is collated from

Santschi (1925c) noted this as more truly (franchement) black and with sharper rugae on the genae.

2016 - Brian Taylor CBiol FRSB FRES
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