Overview of species Hypoponera punctatissima from AntWeb. Hypoponera punctatissima is a small brown ant with a functioning sting, a single substantial petiole and a constriction between the first and second segments of. Hypoponera punctatissima occurs widely across the Pacific Island region, but is mostly limited to forested habitat where it nests and forages in and around.

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Apart from having a widespread continental distribution, H. In profile the anterior margination of the mesopleuron rounded to very bluntly angular behind base of anterior coxa; without a prominent sharp angle or tooth. This page was last modified on 2 Decemberat This hypothesis in turn suggests that H. Disc of second gastral tergite minutely punctulate, appearing weakly microreticulate in places.

Hypoponera punctatissima

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Photo courtesy of http: Weber not in MCZC, presumed lost. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report. Mandibles with strong teeth towards apex and numerous smaller denticles posteriorly. In northern countries, for example, H.


How to cite this article. Canada, United States AntWiki. See Delabie and Blard for additional distribution records. Biology, impact, and control of introduced species.

Waist with one segment petiole Gaster armed with sting Frontal lobes present Frontal lobes relatively narrow Mandibles triangular, with many teeth of different sizes Hind tibia with pectinate spur present and simple spur absent Antennal scape not reaching or exceeding posterior margin of head. It is reported to nest there in disturbed fields, lawns, edges of ditches, and marsh grass tussocks, and is probably a predator of small soil organisms.

Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift 3: Senior synonym of Hypoponera androgyna: CanadaUnited States.

Charsley OXUM [not seen]. The South American records are as follows: General Description Diagnostic features of the worker Total length from 2. Skip to main content. Bolton World Catalog Ants. Mandibles triangular, with 4 or 5 apical teeth, followed by several small denticles.

Hypoponera punctatissima has a very complicated taxonomic history littered with infraspecific names, synonyms and misidentifications. It is a little smaller than punctatissima and can be separated in the gynes by measuring head width and scape length.


This ant is a pantropical tramp, found worldwide outdoors in subtropical and tropical climates. Senior synonym of Hypoponera androgyna: The species was first described from hothouses in Germany Rogerwhere it was probably introduced during the first millennium of the Christian era Seifert Fauna Saudi Arabia They use their sting to prey on small invertebrates. The relative distributions of ant species in Ghana’s cocoa farms.

Hypoponera punctatissima Roger, Specimen labels. Antennae with 12 segments gradually broadening to an indefinite club; scapes do not reach posterior border of head.

Hypoponera punctatissima

Check data from AntWeb. Hind tibia with pectinate spur, but without hypoponeda spur. Color brownish yellow to dark brown approaching black. Serra IZUC [not seen]. However, colonies have been recorded outside in England, Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Finland from fermenting rubbish dumps, waste tips, sawdust heaps and deep mines away from buildings.

The key to the housefly-like success of H. Literature Cited Baroni Urbani, C.

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