The Ants of Africa
Genus Simopone
Simopone wilburi Santschi

Simopone wilburi Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zare (Simopone wilburi new species, Weber, 1949a: 7, illustrated, worker; synonymy by Brown, 1975; see Bolton 1995; reversed by Bolton & Fisher, 2012: 40, illustrated) from Zare, 17 m north of Beni, 24.ii.1948, collector N A Weber - type images not on Antweb (October 2014) .

{Simopone schoutedeni wilburi}Weber's (1949a) description of wilburi is on {original description}.

Brown (1975: 81) described examining the unique worker type specimen - HL 0.97 mm, HW 0.67 behind the eyes; Petiole disc very slightly narrowed in front and margined both front and rear, almost square. Head coarsely punctate, space between eyes and frontal carinae finely longitudinally reticulo-striate, near sericeous. Coarse punctures also on the shining, near smooth, alitrunk dorsum. Petiole and postpetiole more densely and finely punctate, gaster even more finely so but still shining. Pilosity of reclining white pubescence. Colour black, clypeus and femora brown, antennae, tibiae, tarsi and mandibles yellowish.
Later the same day, he saw a specimen from Yangambi (A Raignier and J van Boven), taken with other specimens nesting in hollow twigs in Zare.

{Simopone wilburi}The photomontage is collated from
Collection details - Gabon: Woleu-Ntem; 20.5 km 110 ESE Minvoul; 0205'54"N 01218'42"E, 600m. Collection Information: Collection codes: BLF1636. Date: 2 Feb 1998. Collected by: B.L.Fisher. Method: EC12 ground forager(s. Habitat: rainforest. Listed by Bolton & Fisher (2012: 42)

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
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