Crematogaster menilekii (Forel) subspecies proserpina Santschi , Wheeler, W. M., 1922

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: 154

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Crematogaster menilekii (Forel) subspecies proserpina Santschi

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Crematogaster menilekii (Forel) subspecies proserpina Santschi  HNS  , new subspecies

"Worker. - Length 3.2 to 4 mm. Pale brownish yellow; head, gaster, and appendages shining; thorax and petiole nearly opaque. Front and sides of head finely striate, the remainder with a few punctures. Anterior border of head and the corners obliquely truncated. Postpetiole narrower than in the typical menilekii  HNS  , completely sulcate in the middle, forming two ovoidal eminences. Gaster broader than the head. Allied to C. alulai  HNS  Emery and C. menilekii subspecies satan (Forel)  HNS  ." (Santschi)

Numerous workers from Malela (Lang, Chapin, and J. Bequaert), with the following note: "Ants living in the stalks of Papyrus and making carton nests in their crowns. The workers swarm out in great masses and let themselves drop on the intruder. They bite furiously and it is difficult to get rid of them, as they work themselves upward on the body, attacking by preference the softer parts of the skin."1