Axinidris hylekoites 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: 560

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Axinidris hylekoites Shattuck


Axinidris hylekoites Shattuck   HNS  

Axinidris hylekoites Shattuck   HNS   , 1991: 114; figs. 14 - 16 (w, q). GHANA, Tafo (B. Bolton) ( BMNH) examined   .

Worker diagnosis. Head and mesosoma reddish, gaster yellow; scape and pronotum each with 4 or more erect hairs; medial carina present; distance between spines less than PPW.

Worker measurements (mm) (n = 4). HW 0.69; HL 0.76 - 0.79; SL 0.57 - 0.61; OVD 0.25 - 0.27; PNW n / a; PPW 0.32 - 0.33; WL 0.71 - 0.92. Indices. CI 88 - 91; CNI 77 - 119; OI 25 - 28; SI 83 - 88.

Worker and Queen have been adequately described by Shattuck; the male caste remains unknown.


This species is known only from the several specimens comprising the type series. They were collected from a nest in a rotten tree branch.

As Shattuck (1991) originally noted it is most similar to A. murielae   HNS   but differs in the lighter body color. The surface sculpture of the head is slightly coarser and the propodeal spines slightly wider; this latter difference is almost certainly sufficiently variable as to be of little value.


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