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Species: Nesomyrmex braunsi   (Forel, 1912) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Dilobocondyla (Tetramyrma) braunsi Forel, 1912n PDF: 767 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Forel, 1913a PDF: 122 (pseudogyne); Arnold, 1917 PDF: 359 (q.).


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

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Mbanyana, N. & Robertson, H. G., 2008, Review of the ant genus Nesomyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae) in southern Africa., African Natural History 4, pp. 35-55

Nesomyrmex braunsiHNS (Forel, 1912) Fig. 1j -l

Dilobocondyla (Tetramyrma) braunsi ForelHNS, 1912: 767. For type information and synonyms, see Bolton (1982).

Description of worker

HL 1.225-1.287, HW 1.033-1.109, HW1 1.111-1.152, CI 83-88, SL 0.885-0.942, SI 83-88, PW 0.825-0.865, ML 1.541-1.628, EL 0.285-0.334, EI 27-30 (5 of 29 measured).

Description matches that of Bolton (1982).


Nesomyrmex braunsiHNS looks similar to N. simoniHNS and N. saasveldensisHNS but iseasily recognized by lacking spines on the propodeum, lacking hairs on the promesonotum (hairs abundant on promesonotum of the latter two species), and by being larger (HW 1.033-1.109 versus 0.783-0.884).


Specimens have been collected from pitfall, yellow pan,

and malaise traps, and by sweeping vegetation, in Nama-Karoo . Nest is in the soil; the entrance is in the open and can have a circle of soil round it.

Material examined

South Africa: Eastern Cape: Willowmore, [33°18'S 23°29'E], January 1913, Dr H. Brauns, SAM-HYM-C 004720; Western Cape: Elandsfontein farm, 32°18.14'S 22°56.85'E, Nama-Karoo on dolerite soils, Malaise trap, 24 April 2001, S. van Noort & H.G. Robertson, SAM-HYM-C 019119; Elandsfontein farm, Middelkamp, 32°17'47"S 23°0'6"E, Karoo on dolerite soils, circular nest entrance in open between bushes with scattering of soils round it, 22 February 2000, H.G. Robertson, SAM-HYM-C016133; Kamferskraal farm, 32°16.92'S 23°01.13'E, Nama-Karoo on dolerite soils, Pitfall, 22-29 April 2001, H.G. Robertson & R. Tourle, SAM-HYM-C019116; Kamferskraal farm, 32°13.92'S 23°01.13'E, Nama-Karoo on dolerite soils, Yellow pan trap, 22-29 April 2001, S. van Noort & D. Larsen, SAM-HYM-C019117; Kamferskraal farm, 32°13.61'S 22°58.43'E, Nama-Karoo on dolerite soils, Sweep, 20 April 2001, S. van Noort, SAM-HYM-C019118

Specimen Habitat Summary

Type specimens: Holotype of Nesomyrmex braunsi: casent0901800; syntype of Nesomyrmex braunsi: casent0904788, casent0909209

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