Phrynoponera gabonensis (Era. Andre)

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: 76-77

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Phrynoponera gabonensis (Era. Andre)


Phrynoponera gabonensis (Era. Andre)  HNS 

There are specimens of five different forms of this species in the collection. To gabonensis  HNS  , sensu stricto, I refer u single, worker from Bafwasende, one from Medje (from the stomach of a toad, Bufo funereus), and two workers and a dealated female from Akenge (from the stomachs of B. polycercus and funereus). In these specimens (Fig. lla-c) the antennal scapes extend somewhat beyond the posterior border of the head; the first funicular joint is as long as broad and distinctly longer than the second; joints 2 to 10 distinctly broader than long; the terminal joint pointed but not flattened. The lateral petiolar spines are nearly twice as long as the three others, the median but little longer than the intermediate pair. The paster is distinctly shining, and the mandibles, front of head, frontal carinae, legs, and posterior borders of gastric segments red, as Andre states. The mandibles are shining and coarsely punctate, without striae. The postpetiole has in some specimens a distinct opalescent blue reflection not mentioned by André. The specimens measure 6.5 to 7.5 mm. The female has the pronotum indistinctly and semicircularly, the mesonotum and scutellum longitudinally rugose.