Hypoponera opaciceps (Mayr 1887),

Wild, Alexander L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 54

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.179222

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Hypoponera opaciceps (Mayr 1887)
status

 

Hypoponera opaciceps (Mayr 1887)  .

Ponera opaciceps Mayr 1887: 536  . [lectotype w examined, NHMW; Santa Catharina, Brazil] Hypoponera opaciceps (Mayr)  . Taylor 1967: 11.

Ponera opaciceps  var. postangustata Forel 1908 b: 343  . NEW SYNONYMY. [holotype w examined, MHNG; San Bernadino, Cordillera, Paraguay (Fiebrig)].

Hypoponera opaciceps postangustata (Forel)  . Kempf 1972: 123.

Forel (1908 h) distinguished the variety postangustata  from H. opaciceps  on the basis of having a more convex head shape, but having examined and photographed both Mayr’s and Forel’s types, I can find no discernable difference in shape. Both ants are remarkably similar in most respects except for color- the H. opaciceps  type is piceous while H. postangustata  is ferruginous. In any case, H. opaciceps  is variable in many characters even within nest series. Forel’s H. postangustata  type falls well within the bounds of variation of H. opaciceps  and I synonomize it here.

NHMW

Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien

NEW

University of Newcastle

MHNG

Museum d'Histoire Naturelle

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Hypoponera

Loc

Hypoponera opaciceps (Mayr 1887)

Wild, Alexander L. 2007
2007
Loc

var. postangustata

Forel 1908: 343
1908
Loc

Ponera opaciceps

Mayr 1887: 536
1887