The Ants of Africa
Genus Hypoponera
Hypoponera intermedia (Bernard)

Hypoponera intermedia (Bernard)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Guinea (Ponera (Hypoponera) intermedia n. sp., Bernard, 1952: 206, illustrated, worker) from Mt. Nimba, Mount Tô, station B 1.30, ravine 1, collected by Lamotte; holotype worker only described (new combination in Hypoponera, Bolton, 1995) .

{Hypoponera intermedia}Bernard's (1952) description is at {original description}.

WORKER (after Bernard, 1952) - TL 2.8 mm; colour uniform yellow, shiny, funiculus darker; densely covered with fine puncturations, pilosity feeble. Head elongated, sides relatively straight and parallel, eyeless; vertex near rectilinear. Clypeus longer than coeca, with strong carina, rounded anteriorly; mandibles similar to coeca, with 4-5 large teeth, following 8-9 denticles, a little puncturated. Anterior suture of propodeum not visible even in profile. Propodeum short, declivity a little longer than the dorsum, concave and with marked borders (as in abyssinica group). Petiole scale 3 times higher than wide, apex rounded.

Seen by Bernard (1952) as intermediate in form between the slender brown abyssinica group and the decoloured coeca group, latter also with a more rounded and shorter epinotum.

Bolton & Fisher (2011: 78) place it as a junior synonym of Hypoponera occidentalis, noting the specimen is "teneral" worker.

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