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Species: Axinidris murielae   Shattuck, 1991 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2016)

Axinidris murielae Shattuck, 1991 PDF: 116, figs. 23-25, 35 (w.q.) CAMEROUN. Afrotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

See also: Snelling, 2007 PDF: 567.

Distribution:


Afrotropical Region: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Snelling 2007

Notes:

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 murielae ShattuckHNS

Axinidris murielae ShattuckHNS, 1991: 116 - 117; figs. 23 - 25, 35 (w, q). CAMEROUN, Nkoemvon (D. Jackson) (BMNH) examined.

Worker diagnosis. Antennal scape with more than 5 and pronotum with 2 erect hairs; pronotum mostly smooth and shiny; medial carina present and obtuse in profile; distance between spines less than PPW; head and body reddish brown.

Worker measurements (mm) (n = 2). HW 0.66 - 0.81; HL 0.76 - 0.91; SL 0.56 - 0.66; EL 0.20 - 0.26; OVD 0.24 - 0.31; PNW n / a; PPW 0.31 - 0.46; WL 0.89 - 1.30. Indices. CI 87 - 89; CNI 90 - 129; OI 26 - 34; SI 80 - 85.

DISCUSSION

Worker and queen have been adequately described by Shattuck (1991); the male remains unknown.

The two species A. gabonicaHNS and A. murielaeHNS are similar and may ultimately prove to belong to a single somewhat variable species. For the present the two are separable as noted in the key: A. murielaeHNS has 4 - 6 erect hairs on the pronotum (only 2 in A. gabonicaHNS) and numerous erect hairs on the front of the head (only 4 in A. gabonicaHNS) and also with erect hairs on gastral terga 2 - 4 (one in A. gabonicaHNS).

The types of A. murielaeHNS are from Cameroun; Shattuck (1991) also recorded specimens from Ghana. I have also seen a few specimens from the vicinity of Busumbuli in the Kakamega Forest of Kenya. Both samples were taken by tree fogging, one from Teclea nobilis and one from Heinsenia diervillioides.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 4 times found in rainforest, 3 times found in coastal lowland rainforest, 1 times found in lowland rainforest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 3 times undergrowth, low canopy in forest, 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 1 times elephant path.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 4 times sweep, 1 times EC32 sweeping, 2 times Beat 25 sample transect, 10m, beating low vegetation, 1 times MW 50 sample transect, 5m, 1 times Fogging Teclea nobilis.

Elevations: collected from 110 - 1600 meters, 548 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype of Axinidris murielae: casent0902937



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