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Species: Plagiolepis mediorufa   Forel, 1916 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Plagiolepis pygmaea var. mediorufa Forel, 1916 PDF: 437 (w.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Afrotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Raised to species: Wheeler, 1922: 213.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Wheeler, W. M., 1922, The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition., Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45, pp. 39-269

Plagiolepis mediorufaHNS (Forel)

Numerous workers from Stanleyville (Lang and Chapin), taken from the leaf-pouches of Cola Laurentii. This form was originally described as a simple variety of the Palearctic P. pygmaea (Latreille)HNS, from specimens taken by Kohl "dans une plante myrmecophile," near Stanleyville. It should, in my opinion, be regarded as a distinct species on account of its peculiar habitat, for pygmsea nests in the soil under stones. Moreover, the worker mediorufaHNS is decidedly smaller, with much shorter antennae, the median funicular joints especially being distinctly shorter than long, whereas in pygmaeaHNS they are longer than broad. The head is proportionally smaller and narrower, with more rounded sides and with the occipital border straight or slightly convex, not concave as in pygmaeaHNS.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Type specimens: syntype of Plagiolepis mediorufa: casent0909853

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