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Species: Melissotarsus weissi   Santschi, 1910 

Classification:
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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Melissotarsus weissi Santschi, 1910c PDF: 356, fig. 3 (q.) CONGO. Afrotropic. Primary type information: Type-material: holotype queen. Type-locality: Congo (“Congo français”): Brazzaville, ii.1907 (A. Weiss). Type-depository: NHMB. Type notes: Bolton, 1982 PDF: 337, comments that only the gaster and one forewing of the holotype remain on the mount. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Bolton, 1982 PDF: 335 (m.).
Status as species: Emery, 1922c PDF: 119; Wheeler, 1922: 823; Bolton, 1982 PDF: 337 (redescription); Bolton, 1995b: 250; Hita Garcia et al., 2013 PDF: 212.
Senior synonym of Melissotarsus major: Bolton, 1982 PDF: 337; Bolton, 1995b: 250.
Senior synonym of Melissotarsus titubans: Bolton, 1995b: 250.
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Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Uganda
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Kakamega forest

Notes:

Caste of types: (w)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 5 times found in Town, 1 times found in field station clearing, 1 times found in clearing, 1 times found in rainforest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 4 times Mangifera indica, 2 times under bark of live tree, 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 1 times under bark on living tree.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times Magnifera indica, 2 times Colonie n° 269, Tube n° 371 (B4), 1 times hand collecting, 1 times MW 50 sample transect, 5m, 1 times Fogging ex Heinsenia diervillioides.

Elevations: collected from 510 - 1600 meters, 1033 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1907-12-31 and 2012-08-12

Type specimens: Holotype of Melissotarsus weissi: casent0913017; Not Provided: casent0741105, casent0741106, casent0741107; syntype of Melissotarsus major: casent0913018; syntype of Melissotarus titubans: casent0913762, casent0913763; Type of Melissotarsus major: mracfor000329, mracfor000330, mracfor000331, mracfor000332, mracfor000333



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