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Odontomachus haematoda (Linnaeus) HNS
Stanleyville, [[worker]]; Malela, [[worker]], [[queen]] (Lang and J. Bequaert); Faradje, [[worker]]; Zambi, [[worker]], [[queen]]; Avakubi, [[worker]]; Leopoldville, [[worker]]; Vankerckhovenville, [[worker]]; Garamba, [[worker]]; Akenge, [[worker]] (Lang and Chapin); Matadi, [[worker]]; Katala, [[queen]] (J. Bequaert). All this material belongs to the typical tropicopolitan form, distributed apparently throughout the Ethiopian Region. The specimen from Akenge was taken from the stomach of a toad (Bufo funereus) and a specimen from Faradje was taken from the stomach of a frog (Rana occipitalis). In connection with the well-known leaping habit of this ant, Mr. Lang makes the following remark: "This leaping may be of some practical use to the ants when scaly ant-eaters (Manis) open their nests. Those jumping out of the immediate range of its glutinous tongue would be fairly safe, since the Manis feeds only where the ants and their larvae are thickest and seldom looks for single individuals."