Simopone brunnea Bolton & Fisher
Type location Gabon (Bolton
& Fisher, 2012: 20, illustrated, worker) Prov. Ogooué-Maritime
Monts Doudou, 24.3 km 307° NW Doussala, 350 m., 6–7.iii.2000, Malaise
trap, GA00M38, coastal lowland rainforest, forest margin along river,
CASENT0004504 (S. van Noort) (CASC) .
HOLOTYPE WORKER. HL 0.74, HW 0.46, SL 0.22, EL 0.24, PW
0.34, AIIL 0.36, AIIIW 0.41, AIIIL 0.44, WL 0.86, MFL 0.35, CI 62, SI
48, EL/HW 0.52, EP 0.79, AIIW/AIIL 0.94, AIIIW/AIIIL 0.93.
With head in full-face view the midpoints of the outer
margins of the eyes do not interrupt the outlines of the sides of the
head. ES 0.20 and minimum distance between eyes 0.18. Frontal lobes
raised away from level of clypeus. Frontal carinae extend back to level
of anterior margins of eyes and are weakly divergent posteriorly.
Cephalic dorsum mostly glossy, with scattered broad, shallow punctures
and vestiges of weak longitudinal ground sculpture between the eyes.
Leading edge of scape with a few setae, inclined toward the scape apex.
Sides of head below and behind eyes with very few, short, inconspicuous
projecting setae, inclined anteriorly. Cephalic dorsum with a pair of
longer setae close to level of posterior margins of eyes and with a few
shorter, curved setae near the posterior margin (some abrasion may have
occurred). Mesosoma in dorsal view narrowest across the mesonotum
(maximum width 0.34), broadest across the propodeum (maximum width
0.36). Anterior margin of pronotum with a weak transverse carina;
promesonotal suture only feebly marked. Propodeum with a fine weak
carina between dorsum and declivity. Entire dorsum of mesosoma with
widely scattered broad, shallow punctures. Mesopleuron almost smooth,
with just 1–2 punctures and a distinct transverse sulcus. In profile,
dorsal surfaces of mesosoma and all abdominal tergites with short,
posteriorly curved setae that are subdecumbent to decumbent. Middle and
hind tibiae with 1–2 standing setae. AII (petiole) in dorsal view with
a weak transverse carina both anteriorly and posteriorly; sides of AII
extremely feebly convex, almost straight, and very weakly divergent
posteriorly so that the width across the anterior margin is slightly
less than across the posterior margin. Dorsum of AII with very sparse,
minute punctures only. On tergite of AIII the punctures are also minute
and very widely spaced, so that the dis- tances between them are much
greater then their diameters. AII fractionally longer than broad, AIII
longer than broad, AIV slightly broader than long. Head capsule and
entire body glossy dark brown; antennae and legs somewhat lighter.