The Ants of Africa
Genus Pristomyrmex
Pristomyrmex africanus Karavaiev

Pristomyrmex africanus Karavaiev

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Uganda (Pristomyrmex africanus nov. spec., Karavaiev, 1931d: 47, illustrated, worker; type location wrongly given as Kenya by Bolton, 1981b) from Mabira
junior synonyms
beni (Hylidris myersi subspecies beni, new subspecies, Weber, 1952: 20, worker) from Zaïre
primus (Hylidris myersi subspecies primus, new subspecies, Weber, 1952: 19, worker) from Zaïre
mbomu (Hylidris myersi subspecies mbomu, new subspecies, Weber, 1952: 19, worker) from Central African Republic
myersi (Hylidris myersi sp. nov., Weber, 1941a: 190, illustrated, worker; Weber, 1952: 18, queen) from South Sudan, Khor Aba
Described by Bolton as widespread in woodlands and forest virtually throughout sub-Saharan Africa (Bolton, 1981b) .

{Pristomyrmex africanus}Karavaiev's (1931d) description is at {original description}. Weber's (1941a) description of myersi is at {original description}. Weber (1952) provided a fresh description, with those of myersi and the subspecies; these are at {original description} and {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1981b) is at {original description}.

{Pristomyrmex africanus}{Pristomyrmex africanus}WORKER - Of a similar size to orbiceps, TL 2.7-3.4 m; but separable by its relatively small eyes, and a pair of acute teeth or short broad spines on the pronotum. Colour varying from orange-brown to blackish brown (Bolton, 1981b, illustrated, alitrunk and pedicel only).

Collections in Ghana include those at Kibi (D. Leston) and Mt. Atewa (B. Bolton) (Bolton, 1981b); and leaf litter collections at 9 locations, 79 workers, in the semi-deciduous forest zone by Belshaw & Bolton (1994b).

Also from Cameroun, collected at Nko'emvon (D.A. Jackson) (Bolton, 1981b).

Oxford University Museum specimens

Pristomyrmex africanus
B Taylor det.

Y Braet

Brazzaville area – ca.
 4°15'33" S
15°17'5" E
Hand collected

{Pristomyrmex africanus} The photomontage is of a specimen from Congo, Brazzaville area; collector Yves Braet.

{Pristomyrmex africanus} The photomontage is of a second specimen from Congo, Brazzaville area, ca 4°15'33" S 15°17'5" E; hand collected by Yves Braet, 2007.

{short description of image}The photomontage is collated from
Central African Republic; Ndoki, Mabéa Bai, 21.4 km 53° NE Bayanga; 03°02'00"N 016°24'36"E; 510 m; Collection Information: Collected by: B.L.Fisher; Habitat: rainforest Date: 1-7 May 2001; Method: EC19 sifted litter Transect Type: MW 50 sample transect, 5m Transect Sample

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