Platythyrea cribrinodis

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Platythyrea cribrinodis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Platythyreini
Genus: Platythyrea
Species: P. cribrinodis
Binomial name
Platythyrea cribrinodis
(Gerstäcker, 1859)

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Specimen Label

Synonyms

This species makes simple nest entrances in the ground and forages individually for insect prey. The sting is painful and care should be taken in the field. Often active during the day, workers can be observed carrying back insect prey items including termites.

At a Glance • Gamergate  

 

Identification

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique (type locality), Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Villet (1991) studied gamergate reproduction in this species

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • cribrinodis. Ponera cribrinodis Gerstäcker, 1859: 262 (w.) MOZAMBIQUE. [Also described as new by Gerstäcker, 1862: 504.] Emery, 1896i: 154 (m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971b: 1198 (l.). Combination in Platythyrea: Roger, 1863a: 173. Senior synonym of brevidentata, brevinodis: Brown, 1975: 8.
  • brevinodis. Platythyrea cribrinodis var. brevinodis Santschi, 1914b: 47 (w.) KENYA. Santschi, 1935b: 257 (m.). Junior synonym of cribrinodis: Brown, 1975: 8.
  • punctata. Platythyrea cribrinodis var. punctata Arnold, 1915: 24 (w.) ZIMBABWE. [Junior secondary homonym of punctata Smith, above.] Replacement name: brevidentata Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 759.
  • brevidentata. Platythyrea cribrinodis var. brevidentata Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 759. Replacement name for punctata Arnold, 1915: 24. [Junior secondary homonym of Pachycondyla punctata Smith, F. 1858b: 108.] Junior synonym of cribrinodis: Brown, 1975: 8.

Description

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Arnold G. 1915. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part I. Ponerinae, Dorylinae. Annals of the South African Museum 14: 1-159.
  • Emery C. 1881. Spedizione italiana nell'Africa equatoriale. Risultati zoologici. Formiche. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale 16: 270-276.
  • Garcia F.H., Wiesel E. and Fischer G. 2013.The Ants of Kenya (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)—Faunal Overview, First Species Checklist, Bibliography, Accounts for All Genera, and Discussion on Taxonomy and Zoogeography. Journal of East African Natural History, 101(2): 127-222
  • IZIKO South Africa Museum Collection
  • Menozzi C. 1930. Formiche della Somalia italiana meridionale. Memorie della Società Entomologica Italiana. 9: 76-130.
  • Menozzi C. 1939. Hymenoptera Formicidae. Missione Biologica nel Paese dei Borana. 3: 97-110.
  • Menozzi C., M. Consani. 1952. Missione biologica Sagan-Omo diretta dal Prof. E. Zavattari. Hymenoptera Formicidae. Rivista di Biologia Coloniale 11: 57-71.
  • Santschi F. 1935. Hymenoptera. I. Formicidae. Mission Scientifique de l'Omo 2: 255-277.
  • Weber N. A. 1943. The ants of the Imatong Mountains, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 93: 263-389.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 711-1004