The Ants of Africa
Genus Pheidole
Pheidole tenuinodis Mayr

rugaticeps group - major postpetiole scarcely or not wider than long, rounded or at most slightly angled at sides

Pheidole tenuinodis Mayr

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Africa (Pheidole tenuinodis nov. spec., Mayr, 1901b: 10, major & minor; Arnold, 1920a: 430, queen) Bothaville - see below
bothae (Pheidole Foreli Mayr r. Bothae n. stirps, Forel, 1901h: 62, major & minor; race of tenuinodis, Santschi, 1914e: 22, queen, record not description) from South Africa - no images on Antweb (February 2016)
robusta (Pheidole tenuinodis Mayr var. robusta n. var., Stitz, 1923: 154, all forms) from Namibia - no images on Antweb (February 2016)
? sipapomae (Pheidole tenuinodis, Mayr, var. sipapomae, n. v., Arnold, 1920a: 430, major & minor) from Zimbabwe - see below
major, minor and queen described (see Bolton, 1995) .

Mayr's (1901b) description is at {original description}. Arnold's (1920a) translation and description of the queen is at {original description}. Forel's (1901h) description of bothae is at {original description}. Arnold's (1920a) description of sipapomae is at {original description}. Stitz's (1923) description of robusta is at {original description}.

The range of specimens I now have show a variation in colour from the type red-brown to quite dark brown.  This is shown by samples collected separately but within the same countries. The morphology, however, seems identical in the case of both major and minor workers.

Pheidole tenuinodis majorThe photomontage of the type major worker is collated from

{Pheidole tenuinodis minor}The photomontage of the type minor worker is collated from

{Pheidole tenuinodis queen}The photomontage is of a possible queen from Central African Republic; Dzangha Sangha National Park; collector Philippe Annoyer (CAR PAA 3).

Major Workers - Minor Workers

Oxford University Museum Collection records

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 - Brian Taylor CBiol FRSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.