The Ants of Africa
Genus Plectroctena
Plectroctena macgeei Bolton

Plectroctena macgeei Bolton

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Nigeria (Bolton, 1974b: 330, illustrated, mandible and lateral petiole, worker) see below .

Bolton's description (1974b) is at {original description}

{Plectroctena macgeei}Nigeria specimen (Taylor, 1976: 29). WORKER. TL 9.5 mm, HL 2.05, HW 1.87, SL 1.31, PW 1.24
Colour dark red-brown, shiny. All over scattered small hair-pits, fine striations on lateral alitrunk.
Collected from soil under a log on the ground (B. Bolton, 28.x.1969) from the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre. The holotype worker from the same location was slightly larger (TL 10.8) and black in colour with legs and antennal scapes deep red-brown. It seems unlikely to be a different species to that described by me.

{Plectroctena macgeei}The photomontage of the holotype is collated from

Now also known from Ghana, where three individuals were found from leaf litter samples from Juaso secondary forest; and Atewa Forest Reserve, logged area; by Belshaw & Bolton (1994b).

Bolton & Brown (2002) added findings from - Ghana, at Tafo, by D. Leston; and Nigeria, at IITA, Ibadan, by B.R. Critchley.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Plectroctena macgeei
B Taylor det.

S Sky Stephens

in personal collection of S Sky Stephens

{Plectroctena macgeei}The photomontage is of a worker from Ghana, collected by S Sky Stephens, 2006.

2007, 2008, 2012, 2014 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.