The Ants of Africa
Genus Sphinctomyrmex
Sphinctomyrmex chariensis Santschi

Sphinctomyrmex chariensis Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Chad (Sphinctomyrmex rufiventris stirps chariensis, n. stirps, Santschi, 1915c: 245, male; raised to species by Brown, 1975); male only. Collected from Moyen-Chari, Fort Archambault - modern name Sarh (and not Central African Republic given in Bolton, 1995; if latitude and longitude in Wheeler, 1922, are correct); by Dr Decorse, 1904, 2 males .

Sphinctomyrmex chariensis maleSantschi's (1915c) description is at {original description}. My translation is: MALE, TL 4.5 mm; colour, head and thorax brown black, rest yellow brown. Pilosity as type (rufiventris) main difference being the more regular posterior convexity of the head. Ocelli smaller and separated by their own diameter (separation less in the type). Second segment of funiculus more than twice as long as wide; following segments two and a half times as long. Sides of propodeum puncturate like the rest, but with several longitudinal striae near the edge of the declivity, that has similar transverse fine striae. Petiole node, less regularly rounded dorsally, with a feebly concave dorsum. Discoidal fringe brown.

Santschi (1930a: 50) gave a fresh description, with illustrations, as Aethiopone rufiventris Sants. v. chariensis, this is at {original description}. The fresh specimens were from Mali (Soudan français), Senenkou, 250 km. in the Koulouba Valley, collector Andrieu. 3 males captured at a light. December 1928.

{Sphinctomyrmex chariensis male}The photomontage of the type male is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Sphinctomyrmex chariensis
B Taylor det.
Ivory Coast
Erena Dupont
Taï National Park
5˚45'00" N
7˚07'00" W


{Sphinctomyrmex chariensis male}The photomontage is of a male from the Ivory Coast, Tai National Park; collector Erena Dupont. Darker colour than the type but generally very similar.

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