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Hypoponera rothkirchi (Wasmann)

Hypoponera rothkirchi (Wasmann)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Cameroun (Ponera Rothkirchi, Wasmann, 1918b: 145, "ergatoid queen"; worker, by Santschi, 1926b: 208) collected at Soppo by v. Rothkirch, 1912 - no images on Antweb (January 2015); queen later described from Fernando Po (Menozzi, 1944: 434)

New combination in Hypoponera, in Bolton, 1995) .

Bolton & Fisher (2011: 43) place it as a junior synonym of Hypoponera dulcis. I feel, however, that their synonymy is unjustified, with H. rothkirchi clearly being a different golden-yellow colour to the type form dulcis. Their pale form specimen used to illustrate their paper is shown below.


{Hypoponera rothkirchi}Wasmann's (1918b) name, without description, simply denoted as an ergatoid female found with Hypoponera myrmicariae, is at {original description}. Santschi's (1926b: 208) provided a brief note, accompanying an illustration of rothkirchi, as sent to him by Wasmann, this is at {original description}.


Oxford University Museum specimens

Hypoponera rothkirchi
B Taylor det.


Cameroun
A Fotso Kuate
Pachycondyla sp4

9.v.2008
Awae II
0354'30" N
1125'58" E
Quadrat in forest
1
{album}
Hypoponera rothkirchi
B Taylor det.
Gabon
Y Braet
Gabon 195
17-22.v.2006
Pongara
0034' N
0919' E
Leaf litter, winkler funnel
2
{album}
Hypoponera rothkirchi
B Taylor det.
Gabon
Y Braet
Gabon 182
8.vi-20.vi.2006
Pongara
0034' N
0919' E
Pongara Base; winkler funnel
4
{album}
Hypoponera rothkirchi
B Taylor det.
Congo
Y Braet

Brazzaville area – ca.
 415'33" S
1517'5" E
Hand collection
2
{album}
Hypoponera muscicola
B Taylor det.
Queen

Central African Republic
P Annoyer
FZ
15.ii.2005
Dzanga-Sangha
0253'25.9" N
1610'26.4" E
409 m; Camp 5;  18h-6h m Au camp
1
{album}

{Hypoponera rothkirchi}The photomontage is of a worker from Gabon, Pongara National Park; collector Yves Braet (Gabon 182).


{Hypoponera rothkirchi} The photomontage is of one of two workers from Congo, Brazzaville area; hand collector Yves Braet, 2007.


{Hypoponera rothkirchi}The photomontage is of a worker from Cameroun, Awae II; collector A Fotso Kuate (fk pachycondyla sp 4).


{Hypoponera rothkirchi queen} The photomontage is of a queen from the Central African Republic, Dzanga-Sangha NP; Camp 6; 0255'04.8" N 1610'09.7 E; collector Philippe Annoyer.


{Hypoponera dulcis}The photomontage of a worker from Gabon, Monts Doudou, 9.iii.2000, B L Fisher; is from Bolton & Fisher (2011) and is also on http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0226572. This specimen appears to match those I interpret as rothkirchi.

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