Tetraponera rufonigra (Jerdon, 1851)

Ward, Philip S., 2022, The ant genus Tetraponera (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Afrotropical region: taxonomic review and key to species, Zootaxa 5102 (1), pp. 1-70 : 60-61

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5102.1.1

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:BEA963B7-F7B9-458A-92EE-A4740AC390AC

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6315510

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/03A33567-FF86-5401-1CD0-8464FB823C5C

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scientific name

Tetraponera rufonigra
status

 

Tetraponera rufonigra -group

Worker diagnosis. Large species with broad head (CI 0.86–0.99); masticatory margin of mandible usually with four teeth, preceded by a single tooth on basal margin (in one Asian species masticatory margin with five teeth and basal margin without teeth); basal margin subequal in length to masticatory margin; labrum either lacking prominent tubercles (Asian species) or with a single median tubercle near proximal margin; ventral surface of clypeus with a transverse carina, anterior to posteroventral border, weakened medially in African species; frontal carinae well separated in African species (FCI 0.21–0.35), less so in Asian species (FCI 0.09–0.16); scape length one half or more of head width (SI 0.49–0.63); head capsule with three prominent ocelli; pronotal humeri subangulate in dorsal view; metanotal plate lacking; mesosterum not densely pubescent; petiole with prominent anteroventral tooth, generally directed posteroventrally; posteroventral margin of petiole closely associated with helcium venter, lacking a ventrally extended hood; metabasitarsal sulcus present; appressed pubescence dense on abdominal tergite 4.

Comments. This group comprises four Asian species that are apparently generalists, nesting in dead (and sometimes live) twigs and branches of a wide variety of plants, and two West African species that are specialist inhabitants of the antplant Barteria ( Janzen 1972; Ward 2001 2006; Bharti & Akbar 2014).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Tetraponera