Bad Hair Day: Ant #87

Bad Hair Day: Ant #87

Observation - Bad Hair Day: Ant #87 - Southern Africa. Description: Found these under a stone at Oudebos; they superficially resemble Crematogaster until you realise that they are much too hairy. They're slow-moving, related to the heavily-sculpted genus Cataulacus, but Meranoplus are always much hairier. There are seven

Found these under a stone at Oudebos; they superficially resemble Crematogaster until you realise that they are much too hairy. They're slow-moving, related to the heavily-sculpted genus Cataulacus, but Meranoplus are always much hairier. There are seven species in SA, but this one is the only one in the Western Cape; it also occurs in KZN, Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng and Lesotho. Very shy, seldom seen. Sallyslak's recent obs of the species was the 87th SA species recorded on iSpot. Only 638 sp to go!