The Ants of Africa
Genus Polyrhachis
Polyrhachis rufipalpis Santschi

Polyrhachis rufipalpis Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Congo (Polyrhachis rufipalpis n. sp., Santschi, 1910c: 396, worker), collected at Brazzaville by A. Weiss - see link below

junior synonym mayumbensis (Polyrhachis rufipalpis Santschi r. mayumbensis n. stirps, Forel, 1913h: 358, worker) from Zaïre, collected at Mayumbe, by R. Mayné - see Bolton, 1995) .

Polyrhachis rufipalpisSantschi's (1910c) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1913h) description of mayumbensis is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1973b) is at {original description}.

{Polyrhachis rufipalpis} Nigeria specimen (Taylor, 1978: 23). WORKER. TL 5.0-5.4 mm, HL 1.26-1.29, HW 1.00-1.04, SL 1.33-1.48, PW 0.96-1.00
Sides of head forwards of the eyes more or less straight and parallel. Body devoid of erect hairs except on anterior clypeal margin and the gastral apex. Alitrunk marginate laterally, interrupted only at the sutures. Promesonotal suture incised, metanotal groove deeply impressed, with propodeum rising vertically from the groove, curving strongly and convexly into the posterior declivity. Petiole with moderately long dorsal and shorter lateral spines.
Collected by me at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre, on low shrubs at the edge of cocoa, the first Nigerian record.

Arboreal, a small active species (Bolton, 1973b: 317, illustrated, alitrunk and petiole only).

Found in Ghana at CRIG (B. Bolton) and Atewa (D. Leston) (Bolton, 1973b). Later by Belshaw & Bolton (1994b), who collected only two workers, as 'tourists' in leaf litter under primary forest, at Sui River Forest Reserve, and under logged primary forest at Atewa Forest Reserve.

Images of the damaged type worker can be seen at

Rigato (2016) listed many additinal records from Central African Republic, Dzanga-Sangha & Dzanga-Ndoki; plus Uganda, Kibale NP, Kanyawara Biol. Stn., 0.56164°N 30.35655°E, 1500 m ± 200 m, 6–16.viii.2012, Ant Course 2012, field station clearing (G. Fischer) (1 w,HLMD).

Oxford University Museum specimens

Polyrhachis rufipalpis
B Taylor det.

A Fotso Kuate
Polyrhachis concava
Awae II
03°54'30" N
11°25'58" E
Quadrat in mixed crop fields

{Polyrhachis rufipalpis}The photomontage is of a worker from Cameroun; Awae II; collector A Fotso Kuate (fk polyrhachis concava).

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