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Species: Axinidris hylekoites   Shattuck, 1991 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Axinidris hylekoites Shattuck, 1991 PDF: 114, figs. 14-16, 35 (w.q.) GHANA. Afrotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

See also: Snelling, 2007 PDF: 560.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Ghana
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Snelling, R. R., 2007, A review of the arboreal Afrotropical ant genus Axinidris., Advances in ant systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Homage to E. O. Wilson - 50 years of contributions. (Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80), pp. 551-579

Axinidris hylekoites ShattuckHNS

Axinidris hylekoites ShattuckHNS, 1991: 114; figs. 14 - 16 (w, q). GHANA, Tafo (B. Bolton) (BMNH) examined.

Worker diagnosis. Head and mesosoma reddish, gaster yellow; scape and pronotum each with 4 or more erect hairs; medial carina present; distance between spines less than PPW.

Worker measurements (mm) (n = 4). HW 0.69; HL 0.76 - 0.79; SL 0.57 - 0.61; OVD 0.25 - 0.27; PNW n / a; PPW 0.32 - 0.33; WL 0.71 - 0.92. Indices. CI 88 - 91; CNI 77 - 119; OI 25 - 28; SI 83 - 88.

Worker and Queen have been adequately described by Shattuck; the male caste remains unknown.


This species is known only from the several specimens comprising the type series. They were collected from a nest in a rotten tree branch.

As Shattuck (1991) originally noted it is most similar to A. murielaeHNS but differs in the lighter body color. The surface sculpture of the head is slightly coarser and the propodeal spines slightly wider; this latter difference is almost certainly sufficiently variable as to be of little value.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times rotten branch on tree.

Type specimens: Holotype of Axinidris hylekoites: casent0902932

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