The Ants of Africa
Genus Simopone
Simopone grandis Santschi

Simopone grandis Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zare (Simopone grandis n. sp., Santschi, 1923e: 259, illustrated, worker; see Brown, 1975, and Bolton 1995 [wrongly given as 1923d]) from Kunungu, collected by Dr Schouteden, 2.iv.1921 - see below .

{Simopone grandis}Santschi's (1923e) description is at {original description}.

Shows characteristics in common with Cerapachys and may be grounds for suggesting the separation of the two genera is not justified (Brown, 1975).

Brown (1975, illustrated, adapted right) gave descriptive notes -
WORKER large; (dimensions of Banga specimen, see below) HL 1.97 mm, HW across eyes 1.72, behind eyes 1.74; Head like relatively unspecialised Cerapachys-like form rather than like most Simopone. Perhaps representing a rather primitive Simopone stock. Palp formula 6,4; antennae 11-segmented, apical segment slightly narrower than penultimate and a little less than three times as long; no distinct club. Eyes also set further back and more convex; 3 ocelli present. Also has a laterally marginate petiole; sides concave from top to bottom. Middle legs without a distinct tibial spur; hind legs each with a single large pectinate spur; with opposite long elliptical groove on flexor surface. Colour predominantly black, mandibles and antennae ferrugineous
Brown (1975) noted that J C Bequaert (label data) took this species from a palm trunk in a swampy forest at Banga, Zare, 25 October 1926.

{Simopone grandis} The photomontage is collated from

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.