Hypoponera urso´dea (Bernard)
Type location Guinea
(Ponera urso´dea n. sp., Bernard, 1952: 203, illustrated, worker
queen) from Mt. Nimba; holotype, 2 other workers and one queen from the
crest of Nion, 1300 m, also one other worker simply marked "Nimba",
collector Lamotte; worker and queen described; name apparently derived
from the dense pilosity recalling that of ursa (new
combination in Hypoponera, in Bolton, 1995, but spelt there
as ursoidea) .
Bolton & Fisher (2011: 87) place it as a junior
synonym of Hypoponera
punctatissima, noting the specimen is a worker-queen intercaste.
(after Bernard, 1952) - TL 2.4-2.8 mm, HL 0.72, HW 0.45
Colour deep red-brown, head even darker, appendages yellow-ochre;
generally matt, dull, due to recumbent white hairs, dense over all the
body. Head and gaster very finely reticulo-punctate, thorax smoother.
Head elongated, sides slightly convex, vertex concave; eyes of 3-4
facets, placed about one-fifth of side back from mandibles; antennal
scape not reaching the vertex by about its own width. Clypeus similar
to cognata, slightly convex, short, anterior border a light
arc. Mandibles with 3 anterior teeth, remainder denticles, as with cognata.
Propodeum small, both faces convex, declivity about twice the length of
the dorsum; without margination or even darkened edges (cognata
has clear black margins). Petiole scale high and slender, seen dorsally
a little thicker than that of cognata.