The Ants of Africa
Genus Platythyrea
Platythyrea arnoldi Forel

Platythyrea arnoldi Forel

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zimbabwe (Platythyrea Arnoldi n. sp., Forel, 1913j: 206, worker; Arnold, 1926: 197, queen & male) Shiloh, G Arnold - see below
junior synonym apicalis (Platythyrea lamellosa, Rog. stirps apicalis n. st., Santschi, 1937g: 71, illustrated, worker) from Zare, Nyangwe, viii. 1932, L Lebrun - see
all forms described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Platythyrea arnold apicalis}Forel's (1913j) description is at {original description}. Arnold (1915) gave a translation; this is at {original description}. Arnold's (1926) description of the queen and male is at {original description}. Santschi's (1937g) description of apicalis is at {original description}.

Brown (1975: 47) described it as close to lamellosa but differing in the alitrunk profile being continuous and with the dorsal surface of the petiole node rising gradually to the posterior border, then dropping suddenly in to the posterior face which it overhangs; in lamellosa the convex dorsum of the petiole node rounds into the posterior face. He noted the similarity in descriptions of arnoldi and lamellosa apicalis, which he synonymised, and that viehmeyer could be the same as arnoldi.

Brown (1975) describes it as ground-dwelling foraging on the ground or on trees and shrubs; observed by Arnold (1915) in Zimbabwe as feeding entirely on adult beetles, especially Tenebrionidae.

{Platythyrea arnoldi}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from

{Platythyrea arnoldi}The photomontage of a specimen from Zimbabwe is collated from
Collection Information; Specimen Code SAM-HYM-C000534A; Locality Zimbabwe (S. Rhodesia): Homestead Farm, Esigodini: 4km N; 2016'00"S 02857'00"E; Collection codes: SAM-HYM-C000534; Date: 4 Sep 1987; Collected by: A.Hart

{Platythyrea arnoldi male}The photomontage of a male collected with the above worker from Zimbabwe is collated from

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