The Ants of Africa

The Ants of Africa
Genus Prionopelta
Prionopelta amieti Terron

Prionopelta amieti Terron

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Cameroun (Prionopelta amieti nov. sp., Terron, 1974: 106, illustrated, all forms); all forms described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Prionopelta amieti}Terron's (1974) description (that of the worker only) is at {original description} and {original description}.

The full text of Terron's (1974) paper is at {original description}.

Holotype worker collected by Terron, from nest UF, containing 19 workers, 11 females and 2 males, at Yaoundé, 15.ii.1974, on the University campus. Paratype workers and females were captured at different times from around Yaoundé. He found it to be a fairly easily found species, in soil samples using a Berlese funnel in both the wet and dry seasons, and described it as the only relatively common member of the Tribe Amblyoponini in forest, degraded or not, in the Yaoundé region. In this its dominance was similar to the situation found by Brown (1959-60) in New Guinea and tropical America, where Prionopelta appeared to exclude small Amblyopone. It is an endogenous species living close to the soil surface, under dead leaves, between tree roots or in the debris of rotting trunks.

{Prionopelta amieti} The photomontage of a paratype is collated from the site at

A photomontage of a queen from Ivory Coast can be seen on the site at
Collection Information: Specimen Code CASENT0102501; Locality Ivory Coast: [Man]; Collection codes: ANTC4708; Date: 7 Oct 1980; Collected by: V.Mahnert J-L.Perret

{Prionopelta amieti male}Terron's (1974) drawing of the male.

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