The Ants of Africa
Genus Phasmomyrmex
Phasmomyrmex (Myrmacantha) aberrans (Mayr)

Phasmomyrmex (Myrmacantha) aberrans (Mayr)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Ghana (Camponotus aberrans nov. spec., Mayr, 1895: 152, queen only) no location, E Reitter; worker (Santschi, 1915c: 264) from Zaďre, Kilempaka, Dr Gerard (Great Lakes Region - perhaps near Kataki, Lake Tanganyika) Dr Gérard

(see Bolton, 1995) .

Mayr's (1895) description of the queen is at {original description}. Santschi's (1915c) description of the worker is at {original description}.

{short description of image} Nigeria specimen (Taylor, 1978: 13). Monomorphic but with a considerable size range. WORKER.TL 5.89-7.38 mm, HL 1.43-1.87, HW 1.43-1.93, SL 1.37-1.80, PW 1.00-1.40
Colour black with orange extremities, shiny. Erect hairs short, absent from alitrunk and very sparse on head and gaster. Overall sculpturation of foveolate reticulation, coarsest on the head, size reducing to a fine puncturation on the gaster. Alitrunk with sides clearly marginate, plus paired upturned propodeal teeth. Metanotal groove a wide shallow depression. Petiole a scale with an acute central node and lateral processes with bifurcate teeth.
I found it nesting in dead wood on an indigenous tree at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre.

Also from the Congo areas (Wheeler, 1922).

Found in Ghana cocoa at Kade by Majer (1975, 1976b), by pkd, apparently two samples with 14-15 workers per sample. Eight workers were collected by canopy pkd in one area of a block of mature Amelonado cocoa at CRIG by Bigger (1981a). A specimen from Ghana is pictured in Hölldobler & Wilson (1990, page 139), and attributed to Bolton (unpublished).

{Phasmomyrmex aberransThe photomontage of a worker (reported by Emery, 1920c) is collated

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