The Ants of Africa
Genus Mesoponera
Mesoponera picea (Bernard)

Mesoponera picea (Bernard)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Guinea (Euponera (Xiphopelta) picea, Bernard, 1952: 192, illustrated, worker; in Pachycondyla Bolton, 1995: 308; new placement by Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 111) from Mt. Nimba, leaf litter of north-east forest, holotype and two other workers only, (ix-1946, Villiers)
worker only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Pachycondyla picea}TL variable 5.2-6.5 mm, largest HL 1.6 and HW 1.33 mm.
Colour dark, black-brown or brown-red; petiole scale, tarsi and part of gaster red. Head elegantly and regularly reticulate, thorax near smooth with a few puncturations. Head widest posteriorly. Eyes black and small, 30-40 facets, distance from mandible bases some 1.5 times their length. Clypeus convex, but without well defined median "gibbosité", apex short and relatively large. Mandibles brown, a little punctured, with 12 black fairly large and subequal teeth. Propodeum (epinotum) rectilinear in profile from both aspects, less convex than related species Mesoponera villiersi and the southern African Mesoponera elisae, limited laterally by notable rolled margins.

{Pachycondyla picea}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from .

Oxford University Museum specimens

Mesoponera picea
B Taylor det.

Y Braet
Gabon 149

00°34' N
09°19' E
Leaf litter, winkler funnel


{Pachycondyla picea}The photomontage is of a specimen from Gabon, Pongara National Park; collector Yves Braet (Gabon 149)

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