Axinidris murielae Shattuck

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: 566-567

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Axinidris murielae Shattuck
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Axinidris murielae Shattuck  HNS 

Axinidris murielae Shattuck  HNS  , 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. gabonica  HNS  and A. murielae  HNS  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. murielae  HNS  has 4 - 6 erect hairs on the pronotum (only 2 in A. gabonica  HNS  ) and numerous erect hairs on the front of the head (only 4 in A. gabonica  HNS  ) and also with erect hairs on gastral terga 2 - 4 (one in A. gabonica  HNS  ).

The types of A. murielae  HNS  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.

BMNH

United Kingdom, London, The Natural History Museum [formerly British Museum (Natural History)]