Hypoponera coeca (Santschi)
Type location Cameroun (Ponera
coeca n.sp., Santschi, 1914d: 322, illustrated, worker & queen;
new combination in Hypoponera, in Bolton,
from Victoria, collector F. Silvestri, in 1913, 1 worker & 1 queen .
WORKER (translation of Santschi) TL 2 mm, pale
matt, extremity of gaster, clypeus and mandibles shiny; very finely
punctate' covered with very fine pubescence (as on a plum [peach};
eyeless; mandibles longer than wide with 6 teeth, the anterior three
larger; funiculus with club effectively from the seventh segment;
promesonotal suture distinct, the metanotal suture semi-effaced;
petiole a little higher than the posterior of the propodeum, apex
rounded in profile, from above wider then longer and regularly rounded
anteriorly; basal segment of gaster longer than wide, truncated in
WORKER (from Guinea, after Bernard, 1952) - TL ca. 2.2
pale yellow, testaceous; vertex of head narrower than maximum width,
eyeless, scapes not reaching the vertex of the head, mandibles with
11-12 clear teeth; anterior 5 larger, clypeus without an apical point.
Fusion of thorax segments less accentuated than myrmicariae,
lateral border convex, with narrowing between mesonotum and propodeum;
petiole scale triangular.
Wheeler (1922) listed it also from Zaïre.
Bernard (1952) noted that in Guinea this ant,
described from Cameroun and Congo (Zaïre) by Santschi, appeared spread
right across Nimba, from the Kéoulenta savanna (5 workers) and the
ravins of Mount Tô, to the leaf litter of the north-eastern forest
(with numerous specimens collected by Lamotte and Villiers). He felt
that myrmicariae and inaudax were most likely to be no
more than varieties of coeca, especially as several specimens
from Nimba were intermediate to the myrmicariae form. He also
recorded it as known from Ivory Coast (Banco, Villiers or