Brian Taylor's "Ants of Africa"

Pyramica ludovici

Pyramica ludovici - KZN, South Africa

I am still working through the South African ant photos I took this July.  Progress is slow.  I'm not terribly familiar with the African fauna, and the species have to be keyed out and checked against the literature so I can post images with the proper identification. All the same, I'm not 100%.

What I've learned in the process is that Brian Taylor's Ants of Africa site is indispensable.  The interface is a bit web-1.0-clunky, but the content is exactly what I need.  This morning I keyed the above Pyramica to the pan-African species P. ludovici in under 5 minutes.  And it checked well against the virtual collection at Antweb.  Awesome.

In any case, I've posted the latest update of African myrmicine ants here.

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Indeed, Alex -- The few African ants that have come under the glare of my microscope have been easily identified using Taylor's site. All I have gotten though is common, thus readily identified species. Still waiting to get some deep forest Camponotus, Paratrechina or other more difficult material.

By James C. Trager (not verified) on 16 Nov 2008 #permalink