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SUBFAMILY MYRMICINAE - Genus Metapone
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In Tribe MYRMICINI: Metaponini.
Review of Genus -Wheeler (1919h: 175), also Kusnezov (1960a: 119).
Diagnostic Features - Antennae with 11 segments ... Antennal scrobes above the eyes (which may be very small) ... Frontal lobes present, covering most or all of antennal articulations; anterior clypeal margin unarmed or with a pair of small teeth .... Eyes (often very small!) located behind mid-length of head and at upper, often lower end of scrobe. Median clypeus raised and produced forwards as a large shield-like lobe, projecting over the mandibles. Tibiae and basitarsi of middle and hind legs terminating in a number of peg-like stout spines; legs very short with femora and tibiae flattened and wide.
In Bolton's (1994) key to Afrotropical and Malagasy Myrmicinae
relevant couplets lead to -
Generally termitophagic and living in tunnels in wood.
There now is known to be a single species - Metapone africana Taylor & Alpert, 2016: 511, from Sub-Saharan Africa.
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