The Ants of Africa
Genus Technomyrmex
Technomyrmex (Technomyrmex) moerens Santschi

Technomyrmex (Technomyrmex) moerens Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Congo (Technomyrmex moerens n. sp., Santschi, 1913c: 312, illustrated - gizzard, worker) collected at Mbomou, by Weiss in 1909 - see below
junior synonyms
congolensis (Technomyrmex albipes subsp. congolensis, Karavaiev, 1926: 443, status unclear; synonymized with moerens by Santschi, 1930a: 69) from Zaïre - no images on Antweb (April 2015)
nigricans (Technomyrmex moerens Sants. v. nigricans n. var., Santschi, 1930a: 69, worker, illustrated) from Zaïre - see below
incisus (Technomyrmx incisus, Weber, 1943: 380, illustrated, worker & intercaste; replacement name nequitus, Bolton, 1995: 402; synonymy by Bolton, 2007: 28) from Sudan, Lotti Forest, Imatong Mts - no images on Antweb (April 2015)
longiscapus (Technomyrmex longiscapus spec. nov., Weber, 1943: 381, illustrated, worker; synonymy by Bolton, 2007: 28) from Sudan, Lotti Forest, Imatong Mts - no images on Antweb (April 2015)
worker only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Technomyrmex moerens}Santschi's (1913c) description is at {original description}. Karavaiev's (1926) description of congolensis is at {original description}. In a brief note, Santschi (1930a) added that the thorax is more elongated and its excision forms a more open re-entrant angle than in T. foreli. Under nigricans he noted - TL 2.3-2.6; black, mandibles, antennae and femora dark brown, tarsi medium brown. Differing from the type by a slightly deeper notch in the clypeus and the funiculus segments a little shorter. Specimens from Zaïre, Kunugu, 1 worker; Ganda Sundi, 1 worker; Luebo, Kalembi, 1 worker, more pubescent (Dr H Schouteden); Benza Mazola, 1 worker (R. Mayné) {original description}.

Also from Guinea (at Mt. Kakoulima, by Silvestri; in Wheeler, 1922).

{T. moerens}Bolton's (2007: 28) revised illustrated description is at {original description}.

{Technomyrmex species T3}Nigeria specimens (as Technomyrmex species T³, Taylor, 1978: 55). WORKER. TL 2.49 mm, HL 0.61, HW 0.54, SL 0.59, PW 0.39
Colour red-brown to black, the coxae of mid- and hind-legs and apex of fore coxa are white. Appearance dull due to moderately fine pubescence, coarser on the gaster. Erect hairs sparse, on the alitrunk there is a single pair on the pronotum and mesonotum. Propodeum obtusely rectangular, with the vertical face slightly convex in profile.
I collected it from cocoa at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre. Nest seen in a termite damaged branch and the ants also using old termite tunnels on the tree.

As Technomyrmex species T³ in Taylor (1981) but listed without reference by Bolton (2007).

{Technomyrmex nequitus}

Technomyrmex (Technomyrmex) nequitus (Weber) Bolton

Type location Sudan (Technomyrmex incisus spec. nov.,  Weber, 1943c: 380, illustrated, worker; new name Bolton, 1995: 402, as prior use of name for Engramma incisum Mukerjee, 1930, from India); holotype worker only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

Weber's (1943c) description (as incisus) is at {original description}.

{Technomyrmex longiscapus}

Technomyrmex (Technomyrmex) longiscapus Weber

Type location Sudan (Weber, 1943c: 381, illustrated, worker); holotype worker only described (see Bolton, 1995)

Weber's (1943c) description is at {original description}.

{Technomyrmex moerens}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from -

{Technomyrmex moerens}The photomontage of the nigricans type worker is collated from -

Oxford University Museum specimens

Technomyrmex moerens
B Taylor det.
A Fotso Kuate
Technomyrmex sp8

03°54'30" N
11°25'58" E
Pitfall in forest


{Technomyrmex moerens}The photomontage is of a worker from Cameroun; Matomb; collector A Fotso Kuate (fk technomyrmex sp8). Matches the nigritans worker shown above.

{Technomyrmex moerens}The photomontage is collated from -
Collection Information: Specimen Code:CASENT0178278; Locality: Kenya: Western: Kakamega District, Yala, Kakamega Forest; 00°06'00"N 034°31'12"E 1600 m; Collection codes: WF121-128; Collected by: W. Freund; Date: Oct 2001; Method: Fogging Teclea nobilis.

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