Mesoponera novemdentata (Bernard)
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) .
TL 3.2 mm, HL 0.8, HW
0.6 mm. Colour uniform dark red,
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.