The Ants of Africa
Genus Mesoponera
Mesoponera elisae (Forel)

Mesoponera elisae (Forel)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Madagascar (Ponera elisae nov. sp., Forel, 1891b: 221, illustrated, worker; in Euponera (Mesoponera) Emery, 1901a: 46; in Pachycondyla  Bolton, 1995: 305; new placement by Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 110)
rotundata (Ponera Elisae Forel, var. rotundata n. var., Emery, 1895h: 20, worker; Arnold, 1915: 71, queen; as Euponera (Xiphopelta) elisae For. stirps rotundata For., Santschi, 1937d: 217; senior synonym of Ponera (Xiphopelta) Arnoldi n. sp., Forel, 1913a: 108, worker, from Zimbabwe, synonymy by Wheeler, 1922: 776) - see
redbankensis (Ponera (Xiphopelta) Arnoldi v. Redbankensis n. var., Forel, 1913a: 109, worker) from Zimbabwe - no images on Antweb (June 2014)
divaricata (Euponera (Xiphopelta) elisae For. subsp. divaricata n., Emery, 1915g: 6, illustrated, worker) from Eritrea (Ethiopia in Bolton, 1995, & Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 110) - see
worker and queen only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Pachycondyla elisae}Forel's (1891b) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1913a) description of arnoldi, with what he defined as a new subgenus Xiphopelta, and redbankensis is at {original description}. Emery's (1915g) description of divaricata is at {original description}. Arnold (1915: 71) gave a translation, this is at {original description}. Emery (1895h) simply noted that rotundata differed from the type in having a shorter metanotum (propodeum) with a purely rounded profile.

{Pachycondyla elisae}The photomontage of the holotype is collated from

{Pachycondyla elisae}The photomontage of a worker from Madagascar is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Mesoponera elisae
B Taylor det.

E Zassi
12-t-1 nsp 48

03°20'12.0" S
015°28'43.6" E
Village Mah; 24h pitfall trap


{Pachycondyla elisaeThe photomontage is of a worker from Congo, Réserve de Lésio-Louna, collector Eric Zassi (n sp 48).

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