The Ants of Africa
Genus Hypoponera
Hypoponera mandibularis (Bernard)

Hypoponera mandibularis (Bernard)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} 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 dulcis.

{Hypoponera mandibularis}WORKER (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) recorded identifying cotype specimens from Ivory Coast; 1 queen from La Bé, and 1 worker from Banco (both by Delamare-Debouteville) - see

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