The Ants of Africa
Genus Hypoponera
Hypoponera hlavaci Taylor new species

Hypoponera hlavaci Taylor new species

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Africa .

WORKER DESCRIPTION: Petiole scale a thick node, almost as wide seen from above as high, with the anterior and posterior faces in profile completely parallel, sides also vertircal rounding apically into a shallowly convex dorsum, longitudinal thickness about 3/4 of transverse width; apex higher than the level of the propodeum dorsum; side of alitrunk without a suture between mesonotum and mesopleuron; propodeum declivity laterally bordered and shallowly concave; posterior face of petiole node totally smooth; first segment of gaster distinctly wider than second; head with weakly convex sides and even more weakly convex occiput; clypeus with strong median carina; without eyes; almost totally lacking in erect hairs; head with quite coarse, dense spiculate sculpturation; rest of body shiny brown but with faint surface roughening rather than sculpturation, appendages contrasting orange-yellow.

TL ca 3.5 mm, HL 0.72, HW 0.60, SL 0.50, PW 0.38, WL 1.00;  CI 78, SI 84, LPeI 45 PeNI 90 DPeI 188 (aprora LPeI 56 PeNI 78 DPeI 137-150). DPeI much greater than any other species

Named in recognition of the collector.

Specimen deposited in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

B&F key goes to 44 - no cross-ribs obvious in the cinctus; then 45 - metanotal groove present; 46 - alitrunk dorsum almost smooth; 48 - mesopleuron smooth; 49 - petiole not scale like; 50 - petiole node in profile relatively shorter and higher, LPeI 43–53 but diverges as DPeI 188 - key couplet leads to species with DPeI 140-165, this has DPeI at 188.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Hypoponera hlavaci
B Taylor det.
South Africa
Peter Hlavác
29°07.7' S
29°25.3' E
Kwazulu, Natal, Dragensberge (Injiauti NP); 1500 m 1

{Hypoponera nsp hHavac}The photomontage is of the holotype worker from South Africa, Kwazulu, Natal, South Africa, Dragensberge (Injiauti NP), S 29°07.7' E 29°25.3'; 1500 m; 6.ii.2004; collector Peter Hlavác.

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