The Ants of Africa
Genus Hypoponera
Hypoponera eduardi (Forel)

Hypoponera eduardi (Forel)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Algeria (Ponera Eduardi n. sp., Forel, 1894d: 15, worker and ergatoid queen; Emery, 1895b: 61, queen & male; Forel, 1904f: 421, male ergatoid) from Oran Province, collector A Forel - see below
junior synonym antipodum (Ponera antipodum, Forel, 1895a: 43, queen (not worker); synonymy Brown, 1958h: 23) from New Zealand - see http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0907299
all forms described .
Bolton & Fisher (2011: 16) added dideroti to the synonymy.


{Hypoponera eduardi}Forel's (1894d) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1894f) description of the ergatomorph male is at {original description}.Forel's (1895a) description of antipodum is at {original description}. Emery's (1895b) note is at {original description}. Forel's (1904f) note on the ergatoid male is at is at {original description} and his earlier description of the alate male, erroneously as Ponera punctatissima is at {original description}. Bolton & Fisher's (2011) revisionary note is at {original description}.


{Hypoponera eduardi} The photomontage of the type worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0249874.


{Hypoponera eduardi}Emery (1895b), as Ponera confinis Roger subsp. Eduardi Forel, separated the worker and alate queen from others then known as having the scape reaching the occiput, petiole scale higher and narrower. The male had 13-segmented antennae, the pygidium not prolonged into a spine (unlike Ponera coarctata) and quite grossly puncturate.


{Hypoponera eduardi} The photomontage of a worker from South Africa, Western Cape, is from Bolton & Fisher (2011) and is also on http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0010995.


{Hypoponera eduardi male}The drawing of the alate male is from Emery (1911d). Forel (1874) had this as TL 2.7 mm, pygidium not apically pointed; weakly shiny but whole body covered with dense puncturation and abiundant pubescence; brown to blackish on the dorsum of the head and gaster; ocelli size not mentioned.


{Hypoponera eduardi}The photomontage of a male, identified by Bolton and listed in Bolton & Fisher (2011) is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0135263.


{Hypoponera eduardi queen}The photomontage of a queen, identified by Bolton and listed in Bolton & Fisher (2011) is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0135262


Oxford University Museum specimens

Hypoponera eduardi
B Taylor det.

Liberia
E Poirier
Liabala
PF 13
2.iv.2013
Nimba County
0731’06" N
0835’34" E
Pitfall trap
Secondary forest
473 m asl

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{Hypoponera eduardi}The photomontage is of a worker from Liberia, Liabala; collector E Poiriet (Liabala PF 13).
This specimen appears about 10% larger than those reported by Bolton & Fisher (2011) but it keys out to eduardi


{Hypoponera eduardi}The photomontage is of a worker from Liberia, Liabala; collector E Poiriet (Liabala PF 13).
This specimen appears about 10% larger than those reported by Bolton & Fisher (2011) but it keys out to eduardi and is not that much bigger than the type from Algeria.  I feel it is worth looking at the Antweb images and querying the colour.  By applying colour changes, primarily shifting the magneta/green balance towards green and adjusting the light/dark balance, I got to the output on the lower left. The similarity to the Liberia specimen is obvious and comes closer to the Forel colour as being "Noire; pattes, mandibules et antennes jaune roussatre" i.e. black with rust-yellow appendages".

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