Lioponera foreli

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Lioponera foreli
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Lioponera
Species: L. foreli
Binomial name
Lioponera foreli
(Santschi, 1914)

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Specimen labels

Synonyms

Brown (1975) - Species of the longitarsus group (=Lioponera) tend to nest in hollow twigs, beetle burrows, or other channels in wood, branches, or bark, and it is possible that they are all arboreal or subarboreal. Lioponera singaporensis was taken originally nesting in a hollow mango twig. Cerapachys foreli has been taken by Raignier and van Boven in hollow twigs in Zaire (personal communication), and I have found this species climbing a tree trunk in sparse single file in a copse in the Dabou Savanna, Ivory Coast.

Identification

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Cameroun, Gabon, Ghana (type locality), Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • foreli. Phyracaces foreli Santschi, 1914d: 309 (w.) GHANA.
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Ghana (“Gold Coast”): Aburi (F. Silvestri).
    • Type-depository: DEUN.
    • Santschi, 1915c: 245 (q.).
    • Combination in Cerapachys: Brown, 1975: 22;
    • combination in Lioponera: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 163.
    • Status as species: Santschi, 1915c: 245; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 757; Brown, 1975: 22, 60; Bolton, 1995b: 143; Hita Garcia, et al. 2013: 201.
    • Senior synonym of langi: Brown, 1975: 22; Bolton, 1995b: 143.
    • Senior synonym of occipitalis: Brown, 1975: 22; Bolton, 1995b: 143.
    • Senior synonym of santschii: Brown, 1975: 22; Bolton, 1995b: 143.
    • Distribution: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria.
  • langi. Phyracaces langi Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 54, fig. 4 (w.q.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.
    • Type-material: 7 syntype workers, 8 syntype queens.
    • Type-locality: Democratic Republic of Congo (“Belgian Congo”): Lubila (Lang & Chapin).
    • Type-depository: MCZC.
    • Junior synonym of foreli: Brown, 1975: 22; Bolton, 1995b: 143.
  • occipitalis. Phyracaces occipitalis Bernard, 1953b: 216, fig. 6E (w.) GUINEA.
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Guinea: Camp IV, 1000 m., forêt, station B6.14 (Lamotte).
    • Type-depository: MNHN.
    • Junior synonym of foreli: Brown, 1975: 22; Bolton, 1995b: 144.
  • santschii. Phyracaces santschii Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 56 (in text) (q.) GABON.
    • Type-material: holotype queen.
    • Type-locality: Gabon: Samkita (F. Faure).
    • [Note: this taxon was founded on the queen described as Phyracaces foreli by Santschi, 1915c: 245.]
    • Type-depository: NHMB.
    • Junior synonym of foreli: Brown, 1975: 22; Bolton, 1995b: 144.

Description

References

  • Borowiec, M.L. 2016. Generic revision of the ant subfamily Dorylinae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). ZooKeys 608: 1-280 (doi: 10.3897/zookeys.608.9427).
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1975. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. V. Ponerinae, tribes Platythyreini, Cerapachyini, Cylindromyrmecini, Acanthostichini, and Aenictogitini. Search Agric. (Ithaca N. Y.) 5(1 1: 1-115 (page 22, Combination in Cerapachys, and senior synonym of langi, occipitalis and santschii)
  • Santschi, F. 1914d. Formicides de l'Afrique occidentale et australe du voyage de Mr. le Professeur F. Silvestri. Boll. Lab. Zool. Gen. Agrar. R. Sc. Super. Agric. 8: 309-385 (page 309, worker described)
  • Santschi, F. 1915c. Nouvelles fourmis d'Afrique. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 84: 244-282 (page 245, queen described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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  • Belshaw R., and B. Bolton. 1994. A survey of the leaf litter ant fauna in Ghana, West Africa (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 3: 5-16.
  • Braet Y., and B. Taylor. 2008. Mission entomologique au Parc National de Pongara (Gabon). Bilan des Formicidae (Hymenoptera) recoltes. Bulletin S. R. B. E./K.B.V.E. 144: 157-169.
  • Brown W. L., Jr. 1975. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. V. Ponerinae, tribes Platythyreini, Cerapachyini, Cylindromyrmecini, Acanthostichini, and Aenictogitini. Search Agric. (Ithaca N. Y.) 5(1): 1-115.
  • Davis L. R., and L. E. Alonso. 2007. Ant species collected from the Atewa Range Forest Reserve during the 2006 RAP survey. Pp 171-172. McCullough, J., L.E. Alonso, P. Naskrecki, H.E. Wright and Y. Osei-Owusu (eds.). 2007. A Rapid Biological Assessment of the Atewa Range Forest Reserve, Eastern Ghana. RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 47. Conservation International, Arlington, VA.
  • Deblauwe I., and W. Dekoninck. 2007. Diversity and distribution of ground-dwelling ants in a lowland rainforest in southeast Cameroon. Insect. Soc. 54: 334 – 342.
  • Dejean A., J. L. Durand, and B. Bolton. 1996. Ants inhabiting Cubitermes termitaries in African rain forest. Biotropica 28(4): 701-713.
  • Hita Garcia F., E. Wiesel, G. Fischer. 2013. The ants of Kenya (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)—faunal overview, first species checklist, bibliography, accounts for all genera, and discussion on taxonomy and zoogeography. Journal of East African Natural History 101: 127-222.
  • IZIKO South Africa Museum Collection
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  • Santschi F. 1914. Formicides de l'Afrique occidentale et australe du voyage de Mr. le Professeur F. Silvestri. Bollettino del Laboratorio di Zoologia Generale e Agraria della Reale Scuola Superiore d'Agricoltura. Portici 8: 309-385.
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  • Taylor B. 1976. Ants of the Nigerian Forest Zone (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). I. Ponerinae, Cerapachyinae, Pseudomyrmecinae. Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria Technical Bulletin Series 4: 1-41.
  • Watt, A.D., N.E. Stork and B.Bolton. 2002. The diversity and abundance of ants in relation to forest disturbance and plantation establishment in southern Cameroon. Journal of Applied Ecology 39(1):18-30.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. II. The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 39-269.
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  • Yeo K., S. Konate, S. Tiho, and S. K. Camara. 2011. Impacts of land use types on ant communities in a tropical forest margin (Oumé - Cote d'Ivoire). African Journal of Agricultural Research 6(2): 260-274.
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