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Species: Axinidris hypoclinoides   (Santschi, 1919) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2016)

Technomyrmex hypoclinoides Santschi, 1919h PDF: 89 (w.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Afrotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Axinidris: Bolton, in Snelling, 2007 PDF: 561.
Senior synonym of Axinidris parvus: Bolton, in Snelling, 2007 PDF: 561; Bolton, 2007: 121.


Afrotropical Region: Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Liberia, Uganda

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Snelling 2007


Caste of types: (w)

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 hypoclinoides (Santschi)HNS new combination

Figures 9, 19, 29

Technomyrmex hypoclinoides SantschiHNS, 1919: 89 - 90; (w). DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (= Belgian Congo, Avakubi , 6 Jan. (J. Bequaert) (NHMB).

Axinidris parvus ShattuckHNS, 1991: 118; fig. 35 (w). LIBERIA, Paiata (= Payeta) (J. Bequaert) (MCZC) examined. NEW SYNONYMY (B. Bolton, pers. comm.).

Worker diagnosis. Antennal scape shaft without erect hairs and pronotum (Fig. 19) with 1 pair of long erect hairs and each propodeal spine with 1 long erect hair; head (excluding clypeus) with 2 pairs of erect hairs; medial propodeal carina absent; first tergum with 2 long erect hairs; gena shiny and finely imbricate; head and body yellow.

Worker measurements (mm) (n = 10). HW 0.45 - 0.52; HL 0.53 - 0.62; SL 0.38 - 0.42; EL 0.13 - 0.17; OVD 0.21 - 0.27; PNW 0.31 - 0.35; PPW 0.21 - 0.26; WL 0.72 - 0.78. Indices. CI 81 - 88; CNI 67 - 75; OI 28 - 32; SI 79 - 83.

Worker description. The worker has been adequately described by Shattuck (1991).

Queen and male unknown.


I have examined the two type specimens of A. parvusHNS and others from the following localities. GABON, Ogooue Prov., Maritime Res. Mons Doudou (CASC); KENYA, Kakamega Forest, Isecheno and Isiukhu (AKRI, LACM).


The type of Technomyrmex hypoclinoides SantschiHNS was examined by B. Bolton who informed me that it is a senior synonym of A. parvusHNS. Both the new combination and new synonymy should be attributed to Mr. Bolton.

The few additional specimens available somewhat amplify the range of size variation, but otherwise are in good agreement with the type specimens and with Shattuck's original description. The presence of a single pair of relatively long erect hairs on the pronotal disc and a single such hair at the apex of each propodeal spine is an unusual feature shared only with A. bidensHNS, a larger and darker species. Both species are present in the Kakamega forest of Kenya, but A. bidensHNS is encountered much more frequently.

Photomontage images are available at www. antweb. org as AxinidrisHNS sp. 1.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in rainforest, 1 times found in mature wet forest, 1 times found in garden.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times nest in live stem, 1 times nest in live gall, 1 times on trees.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times search, 1 times Beat 25 sample transect, 10m, beating low vegetation, 1 times hand collecting.

Elevations: collected from 640 - 1510 meters, 1079 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Axinidris hypoclinoides: casent0911586

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