Bondroitia saharensis

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Bondroitia saharensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Bondroitia
Species: B. saharensis
Binomial name
Bondroitia saharensis
(Santschi, 1923)

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Bondroitia saharensis.

Identification

Only known from the queen and male caste. Bolton (1987) - Bondroitia saharensis is similar to Bondroitia lujae. The female is much smaller than that of lujae; HW 1.94 in lujae, HW 1.18 in saharensis; maximum width of mesoscutum 2.72 in lujae, 1.56 in saharensis. The female of saharensis is yellow in colour, as opposed to black in lujae, and if the size discrepancy between lujae female and worker is expressed in saharensis then workers of the latter will be very small indeed. Eyes of the saharensis female are relatively larger than those of lujae, 0.44 x HW in the former and 0.24 x HW in the latter. Males show the differences in antennal segment count and eye position mentioned in the diagnosis of the genus, rendering them easy to differentiate.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Niger (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

One of two species of the genus, this species is known from queens and males with workers yet to be collected. Its congener is known from all three castes.

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • saharensis. Diplomorium saharensis Santschi, 1923e: 278 (q.m.) NIGER. Combination in Bondroitia: Bolton, 1987: 277.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

Worker

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Type Material

Bolton (1987) - Syntype females, male, NIGER: Bilma, ix-xi. 1913 (Noel) (Musee National d'Histoire Naturelle) [examined] .

References

  • Bolton, B. 1987. A review of the Solenopsis genus-group and revision of Afrotropical Monomorium Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 54: 263-452 (page 277, combination in Bondroitia)
  • Santschi, F. 1923e. Descriptions de nouveaux Formicides éthiopiens et notes diverses. I. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 11: 259-295 (page 278, queen, male described)