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Species: Monomorium excelsior   Arnold, 1926 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Monomorium tchelichofi var. excelsior Arnold, 1926 PDF: 227 (w.m.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. Primary type information: Type-material: syntype workers, syntype males (numbers not stated). Type-locality: South Africa: Cape Prov., Hex River Mts, Matroosberg, 5500-7000 ft, i.1917 (R.W.E. Tucker). Type-depositories: BMNH, SAMC. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

[Misspelled as excelsius by Ettershank, 1966 PDF: 89.].
Status as species: Bolton, 1987 PDF: 344 (redescription); Bolton, 1995b: 261.
Senior synonym of Monomorium speculiceps: Bolton, 1987 PDF: 344; Bolton, 1995b: 261.

Taxon Page Images:

Monomorium excelsior. Tygerberg Nature Reserve, Cape Town, South Africa: 18 July 2016. Photo and collection by Philip Herbst

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

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in Strandveld, 1 times found in Fynbos - asteracious with lots of bracken.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times under slab.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 3 times Pitfall Trap, 1 times pooter.

Elevations: collected at 58 m

Collect Date Range: collected between 1917-01-01 and 2016-07-11

Type specimens: Paratype: sam-ent-011614; syntype of Monomorium tchelichofi excelsior: casent0902203; syntype of Monomorium speculiceps: casent0913580

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