The Ants of Africa
Genus Polyrhachis
Polyrhachis schlueteri Forel

Polyrhachis schlueteri Forel

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location East Africa (Polyrhachis militaris r. Schlüteri n. stirps, Forel 1886f: 195, worker; Arnold, 1924: 747, queen; raised to species Dalla Torre, 1893: 268), collected by Schlüter - see below
junior synonyms
indigens (Polyrhachis (Myrma) Schlüteri For. v. indigens n. v., Forel, 1914d: 261, worker) from South Africa, Durban, G Arnold - see
pleibeia (Polyrhachis (Myrma) Schlüteri var. plebeia nov., Santschi, 1914b: 143, worker) from Kenya, Taveta, iii.1912 - see
worker and queen only known (Bolton, 1973b: 321, not illustrated; also Bolton, 1995) .

{Polyrhachis schlueteri petiole}Forel's (1886f) description is at {original description}. Arnold (1924: 747) gave an illustrated translation (as a race of schistacea); this is at {original description}. Santschi's (1914b) description of pleibeia is at {original description}. Forel's (1914d) description of indigens is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1973b) is at {original description}.

{Polyrhachis schlueteri}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Polyrhachis schlueteri
B Taylor det.
South Africa
Peter Hlavác

St Lucia
32°24.3' S
28°23.2' E
Kwazulu, Natal, St. Lucia, sea level

{Polyrhachis schlueteri}WORKER - TL 8.6-9.1 mm, HL 2.00-2.23, HW 1.66-1.78, SL 2.25-2.60, PW 1.54-1.78
Close to Polyrhachis militaris but without erect hairs on dorsal surfaces; sculpturation all over of a fine dense reticulation. Colour black, appendages brown and funiculi yellow-brown but whole insect with a silvery appearance due to dense pubescence.

The photomontage is of specimens from Kwazulu, Natal, South Africa, St. Lucia; collector Peter Hlavác, 7-8.ii.2004. 

{Polyrhachis schlueteri}The specimens in these field photographs were taken in Kwazulu, Natal, South Africa, St. Lucia, by Joan Young; two sets 100_2833 & 100_2834.

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