The Ants of Africa
Bothroponera silvestrii (Santschi)

Bothroponera silvestrii (Santschi)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Ghana (Pachycondyla (Bothroponera) Silvestrii n. sp., Santschi, 1914d: 313, worker; new status Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 77) collected at Aburi by F. Silvestri, in 1913 - see below
subspecies nimba (Bothroponera silvestrii Sant., race nimba, n. sbsp., Bernard, 1952: 188, worker) from Guinea, Mt. Nimba - no images on Antweb (April 2018)
worker only described; see Bolton, 1995) .

Santschi's (1914d) description is at {original description}.

Bothroponera silvestriiThe photomontage is of the type worker collated from

{Pachycondyla silvestrii} Nigeria specimens (as Bothroponera silvestrii, Taylor, 1976: 17). WORKER. TL 5.32 mm, HL 1.18, HW 1.03, SL 0.93, PW 0.81 (in my guide ).
Overall colour very dark red-brown, lighter on extremities. Generally finely punctate, coarser on gaster, overall with relatively dense pilosity.
I collected it in Nigeria, from nests in a dead log, in rotting wood and in the ground under an old tree stump.

Bernard (1952) recorded the Guinea finding of 9 workers at savanna sample site D, Kéoulenta, at 500 m, and site E, higher up at Nion (among the crest scrub), plus 3 workers from undefined localities. He noted the specimens were somewhat different to those from Aburi, Ghana, being black-brown, with the head and appendages dark red; also the pronotum was more convex and the petiole hemispherical but almost square in dorsal view.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Bothroponera silvestrii
B Taylor det.
S Sky Stephens

In personal collection of S Sky Stephens
Bothroponera silvestrii
B Taylor det.
Y Braet
Gabon 99
00°34' N
09°19' E
On or under tree bark, Okoumé

{Pachycondyla silvestrii}The photomontage is of a worker from Ghana, collected by S Sky Stephens, 2006.

{Pachycondyla silvestrii}The photomontage is of a worker from Gabon, Pongara National Park; collector Yves Braet (Gabon 99). 

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