Hypoponera mandibularis (Bernard)
Type location Guinea
(Ponera mandibularis n. sp., Bernard, 1952: 205, illustrated,
worker & queen) from Mt. Nimba, collector Lamotte, holotype worker
and 1 queen - no images on Antweb (January 2015)
Worker and queen described (new combination in Hypoponera,
in Bolton, 1995) .
Bolton & Fisher (2011: 43) place it as a junior
synonym of Hypoponera
(after Bernard, 1952) - TL 2.5-2.7 mm; HL 0.76, HW 0.55
Colour entirely testaceous, less puncturation than sinuosa and petiolata;
on head and gaster dense but very fine puncturation; generally shiny,
with little pilosity. Head moderately elongated, with subparallel
sides, vertex near straight. Antennal scape clearly passing the
occiput. Eye black and very distinct, even though of a single large
facet; placed about one-sixth of way back from mandibles. Clypeus
short, nearly flat, little puncturated, anterior margin straight.
Mandibles distinct, being slender and puncturated, with 12-13 teeth of
which 4 are large and inequal. Propodeum angular, faces equal and
limited by clear margins. Petiole scale narrow and high (like dulcis).
QUEEN TL 2.9 mm, no other description.
In addition to the types from Guinea, Bernard (1952)
identifying cotype specimens from Ivory Coast; 1 queen from La
Bé, and 1 worker from Banco (both by Delamare-Debouteville) - see http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0915483.