The Ants of Africa
Genus Hypoponera
Hypoponera traegaordhi (Santschi)

Hypoponera traegaordhi (Santschi)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Africa (Ponera traegaordhi n. sp., Santschi, 1914e: 6, worker); worker only described (new combination in Hypoponera, in Bolton, 1995) .

Santschi's (1914e) description is at {original description}. Arnold (1926) gave a translation, this is at {original description}.

WORKER - TL 2.1 mm (larger?); HL 1.25 X HW; eye position simply marked but no facets; shiny; yellow, head and gaster rust.

Bolton & Fisher's re-description, not illustrated, can be found in

{Hypoponera traegaordhi} The photomontage of the type worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Hypoponera traegaordhi
B Taylor det.
South Africa
Peter Hlavác

34°03.5' S
22°23.14' E
Western Cape, Knysna env., Goukamma, 350 m
worker & dealate queen

{Hypoponera traegaordhi} The photomontage is of a worker collected from South Africa, Western Cape, Knysna Env. Goukamma; collector Peter Hlavác.

{Hypoponera traegaordhi ? queen} The photomontage is of an alate queen from South Africa, Western Cape, Knysna Env., Goukamma; collector Peter Hlavác.

No queen has ever been described, so my diagnosis is speculative.  Unlike most other Hypoponera queens, apparently (Bolton & Fisher, 2011), this has no short hairs between the ommatidia.  It also has a distinctive darker colour to the mesonotum.

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