The Ants of Africa
Genus Myrmicaria
Myrmicaria occidentalis Santschi - revived status

Myrmicaria occidentalis Santschi - revived status

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Ivory Coast (Myrmicaria eumenoides Gerst. stirps occidentalis n. st., Santschi, 1920i: 3, footnote, worker; raised to species Santschi, 1925c: 138) collected at Dimbroko, by Le Moult
worker only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

Santschi's (1920i) description is at {original description} and Santschi's (1925c) expanded description is at {original description}.

Note: In his revision, Santschi (1925c) regarded occidentalis as a valid species but he later listed it as "stirps" of baumi (Santschi, 1933b: 105). His description and denotation of the type location was as a footnote in a publication on pests of cocoa on So Tom (Santschi, 1920i). In 1925, he listed specimens from Ivory Coast (Dimbroko by Le Moult), and mentions only Ivory Coast in his key to subspecies. Then (Santschi, 1933b) he listed occidentalis specimens collected in Sierra Leone. Variations of occidentalis worker - TL 7-7.5 mm, shiny, rugae stronger and a little less regular; on head more striate than rugulose. Dorsum of propodeum concave and smooth; head longer than wide; pedicel nodes well striated dorsally. Erect pilosity browner and a little more abundant than type. Funiculus more slender and shorter. Otherwise perhaps simply somewhat more slender overall.

{Myrmicaria occidentalis}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from

{Myrmicaria occidentalis}Photomontage colour adjusted to reduce the magenta tint characteristic of almost all Antweb images.

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