The Ants of Africa
Genus Hypoponera
Hypoponera lamottei (Bernard)

Hypoponera lamottei (Bernard)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Guinea (Ponera lamottei n. sp., Bernard, 1952: 204, illustrated, worker) from Mt. Nimba, station 22, Nion, 700 m, collector Lamotte, holotype and 4 other workers
worker only described (new combination in Hypoponera, Bolton, 1995) .

Bolton & Fisher (2011: 43) place it as a junior synonym of Hypoponera dulcis.

{Hypoponera lamottei}WORKER (after Bernard, 1952) - TL 2.5-2.7 mm, HL 0.75, HW 0.48
Colour dark brown, redder on thorax, appendages brownish-yellow. Thorax very shiny; head and gaster less so, finely reticulated. Yellow pubescence all over, moderately dense except on the gaster. Head elongated, sides somewhat convex, widest towards the vertex, which is concave. Eye with 3-4 facets, sited about one-fifth of length from anterior. Scape slightly surpassing the vertex. Clypeus strongly convex, with a limited carina, anterior margin straight or feebly concave. Mandibles with 5 clear teeth, the last two small, preceded by 7-9 more or less distinct denticles. Alitrunk slender, almost flat dorsally, propodeum declivity smooth and flat, with weak scarcely visible borders. Petiole scale narrow, not as high as that of dulcis.

Bernard (1952) noted that it is related to the common, eastern (African), species dulcis, also found at Nimba, differing especially by the clypeus and propodeum.

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