International Journal of Tropical Insect Science

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 267–283 | Cite as

The Nest and Nesting Habits of the Ant Cataulacus Guineensis F. Smith (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in a Ghanaian Cocoa Farm

  • Joseph Bekae Ackonor


Two types, wood and pod nest, were distinguished for Cataulacus guineensis in a Ghanaian cocoa farm. The contents of the nests were examined over the year, and the importance of the various inquilines in the nests is discussed. The termite, Neotermes spp. was found to actually initiate wood nests of Cat. guineensis. Heads of adults of the various castes were measured for comparison. The indication was that generally no significant differences exist between the sizes of the ants. The structure of the nest and the distribution of the brood within the nest were also investigated. The brood are almost uniformly distributed throughout the nest.

Key Words

Cataulacus guineensis wood nest pod nest cocoa farm brood nest Microtermes Neotermes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Bekae Ackonor
    • 1
  1. 1.Zoology DepartmentUniversity of GhanaLedonGhana

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