The Ants of Africa
Genus Hypoponera
Hypoponera breviceps (Bernard)

Hypoponera breviceps (Bernard)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Guinea (Ponera breviceps, Bernard, 1952: 202, illustrated, queen & male) from Mt. Nimba, no precise label (Lamotte), 3 queens and 1 decapitated male; queen and male described (new combination in Hypoponera, in Bolton, 1995) . Synonymised under Hypoponera punctatissima by Bolton & Fisher (2011: 87)

{Hypoponera breviceps}QUEEN (after Bernard, 1952) - TL 3.0-3.5 mm, HL (without mandibles) 0.85, HW 0.70
Head black, shiny, rest of body dull red-brown, appendages dark yellow; dorsum of body with clear reticulation, but shiny with large puncturations; recumbent white pilosity on head and body. Clearly separable from other queens; mandibles with 8 teeth, one being small; declivity of propodeum shorter than dorsum; angle near right-angled. Bernard's description is at {original description}.

2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
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