The Ants of Africa
Genus Platythyrea
Platythyrea schultzei Forel

Platythyrea schultzei Forel

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Namibia (Platythyrea schultzei n. sp., Forel, 1910f: 3, worker; Arnold, 1926: 195, male) Salem, Hereroland, L Schultze - see below
junior synonyms
bequaerti (Platythyrea Schultzei Forel var. Bequaerti n. v., Forel, 1913b: 307, worker & male) from Zare, Nyangwe, J. Bequaert - see
cyriluli (Platythyrea cyriluli n. sp., Forel, 1922: 88, worker) from Angola - see
lata (Platythyrea Schultzi For. v. lata n. var., Santschi, 1930a: 53, worker) from Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, G Arnold - see
unavailable name recta (Platythyrea schultzei For. bequaerti For. v. recta n. v., Santschi, 1937g: 72, worker) from Zare, Albertville, 18.x.1925, H Schouteden - see
worker and male described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Platythyrea schultzei petiole}Forel's (1910f) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1913b) description of bequaerti is at {original description}. Arnold (1915) gave a translation; this is at {original description}. Arnold's (1926) description of the male is at {original description}. Forel's (1922) description of cyriluli is at {original description}. Santschi's (1930a) description of lata is at {original description}. Santschi's (1937g) description of recta is at {original description}.

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

{Platythyrea schultzei}Brown (1975: 46) examined the types of schultzei and cyriluli (actually labelled "cyrili") and found them alike in size, body form and sculpture; cyriluli having slightly thicker scapes and reddish mandibles; the antennae and legs being dark reddish brown or brown; not contrasting red as in most samples of the type form. He provided the illustration (right) of the petiole of specimens collected near Kienge by Ross & Leech (see below).

Brown sighted specimens from Zare (Kambove, Katange at 4000-5000 feet, by S A Neave; 34 miles N of Pweto, at 1050 m, and 27 miles SE of Kienge at 1150 m, by E S Ross & R E Leech); plus others from Zambia (H Dollman, Mumbwa), South Africa (G van Son, Kabulabula, Kalahari Desert) and Zimbabwe (WL Brown, Wankie National Park, Kulozi River track and Sinamatella Camp).

J. Bequaert also collected specimens at Sankisia, Zare (Wheeler, 1922).

Brown (1975) describes it as ground-dwelling, foraging on the ground or on trees and shrubs.

The photomontage of a specimen from Namibia is collated from
Collection Information: SAM-HYM-C008343A; Locality Namibia: Sprokieswoud, Etosha National Park.; 1905'00"S 01537'00"E; Collection codes: SAM-HYM-C008343; Date: 27 Mar-10 May 1988; Collected by: E.Griffin

{Platythyrea schultzei male}The photomontage of the type male is collated from

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