The Ants of Africa
Genus Hypoponera
Hypoponera villiersi (Bernard)

Hypoponera villiersi (Bernard)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Guinea (Ponera (Hypoponera) villiersi n. sp., Bernard, 1952: 206, illustrated, worker) from Mt. Nimba, collector Villiers, holotype worker only from forest leaf litter of north-east Nimba ; worker only described (new combination in Hypoponera, in Bolton, 1995) .

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

{Hypoponera villiersi}WORKER (after Bernard, 1952) - TL 2.2 mm, HL 0.75, HW 0.58
Colour matt testaceous-yellow; paler on the head; pronotum, petiole, femora and antennae darker dirty yellow. Abundant white pilosity on the gaster, less dense elsewhere. Dorsum very finely but distinctly puncturate. Head shortish, sides feebly convex, largest in anterior third; vertex concave, slightly surpassed by the antennal scapes. Eyes rounded, 6 facets; placed about one quarter back from mandibles. Mandibles a little more elongated than other relatives; distally with 3 large teeth, then 3 shorter teeeth, subtended by 13 denticles. Clypeus very distinct, very short, with a prominent central triangular plate, extended centrally with a median tooth. Thorax profile very flat; declivity of propodeum twice as long as dorsum, flat with an arched face, limited by fine margins, not dilated as wings (as occurs in abyssinica).

2007, 2010, 2012 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
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