The Ants of Africa
Genus Mesoponera
Mesoponera novemdentata (Bernard)

Mesoponera novemdentata (Bernard)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Guinea (Euponera (Xiphopelta) novemdentata, Bernard, 1952: 194, illustrated, worker; in Pachycondyla Bolton, 1995: 307; new placement by Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 111) from Mt. Nimba, station B8-10, Zouépo Forest, collected by Lamotte
holotype worker only found and described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Pachycondyla novemdentata}TL 3.2 mm, HL 0.8, HW 0.6 mm. Colour uniform dark red, darker than the related weberi, appendages yellowish. Separable from weberi by the head details - finely reticulated and matt; thorax without reticulation, with large puncturations and the outline of transverse rugae. Eyes reduced to 4 facets, 4 times further from the mandibles than their length. Antennal lobes more rounded. Clypeus punctuated, not sinuated, anterior border almost rectilinear, with a very fine point. Mandibles bluntly widened, 9 equal, large, contiguous, yellow teeth. Propodeum (epinotum) and petiole scale similar to weberi.

{Pachycondyla novemdentata}The photomontage of a syntype worker is collated from

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