The Ants of Africa
Genus Platythyrea
Platythyrea frontalis Emery

Platythyrea frontalis Emery

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Cameroun (Platythyrea frontalis n. sp., Emery, 1899e: 466, worker & queen), no location, collected by Conradt in 1895
worker and queen described (see Bolton, 1995) .

Emery's (1899e) description is at {original description}.

Brown (1975: 46) chose a specimen as a lectotype and described - TL 8.4 mm, HL 1.64, HW 1.46, SL 1.20; specimen opaque in general with a slight shine from dorsa of alitrunk, petiole and gaster.
A worker and queen, plus a male, from Lamto Ecological Station, Ivory Coast (J. Lévieux) similar but slightly smaller; black, with reddish mandibles, antennae, tibiae and tarsi; also petiolar node with sides more divergent behind than in the type; possibly a separate species but not then resolvable.

Found in the Ghana cocoa canopy surveys of Room (1971); in fourteen samples, probably on undominated trees. Found, at Kade, to be an apparent dominant in four (of 240) 10 x 10 m quadrats, plus in a further six quadrats; and collected by pkd in 22.9% of samples, but only four workers per sample, by Majer (1972, 1975, 1976a, b, c). A single worker was collected from the ground at CRIG by Bigger (1981a).

{Platythyrea frontalis}The photomontage of a lectotype worker is collated from

{Platythyrea frontalis}The photomontage of a specimen from Zaïre is collated from
Collection Information: Specimen Code SAM-HYM-C008455A; Locality Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo): Zaire; Collection codes: SAM-HYM-C008455; Date: 31 Dec 1995; in imported wood at Jan Smuts Airport, South Africa

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