Hypoponera aprora Bolton & Fisher, Bolton, B. & Fisher, B. L., 2011

Bolton, B. & Fisher, B. L., 2011, Taxonomy of Afrotropical and West Palaearctic ants of the ponerine genus Hypoponera Santschi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 2843, pp. 1-118: 26-27

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23490

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scientific name

Hypoponera aprora Bolton & Fisher
status

sp. n.

Hypoponera aprora Bolton & Fisher   HNS   sp. n.

(Figs 4 – 6)

WORKER (holotype in parentheses). Measurements: HL 0.51 – 0.53 (0.51), HW 0.40 – 0.41 (0.40), HS 0.455 – 0.470 (0.455), SL 0.34 – 0.36 (0.34), PrW 0.30 – 0.32 (0.31), WL 0.65 – 0.68 (0.66), HFL 0.34 – 0.35 (0.34), PeNL 0.15 – 0.16 (0.15), PeH 0.30 – 0.32 (0.31), PeNW 0.26 – 0.27 (0.26), PeS 0.240 – 0.250 (0.240) (8 measured). Indices: CI 77 – 79 (78), SI 83 – 88 (85), PeNI 84 – 87 (84), LPeI 49 – 53 (49), DPeI 163 – 173 (173).

Conforming to the general description given for dis but lacking a prora. In aprora   HNS   , with the first gastral segment in profile, the anterior and lateral surfaces of first gastral sternite meet in a blunt angle; there is no prominent raised proral crest or rim separating the two surfaces below the level of the helcium. Similarly, there is no transverse raised margin or lip separating the anterior and ventral surfaces of the first sternite. Full adult colour glossy dark brown to blackish brown.

Holotype worker, Tanzania: Tanga Region , Kilindi Forest Reserve , 1015 m., 27-30.viii.2005, CEPF-TZ-3.2-F09, 5.57934S, 37.57971E, primary forest leaf litter, Winkler (P. Hawkes, J. Makwati, R. Mtana) ( SAMC). GoogleMaps   Paratypes. 7 workers and 1 dealate queen, with same data as holotype ( SAMC, CASC, AFRC, BBRC) GoogleMaps   .

This species is immediately distinguished from all its Afrotropical and West Palaearctic congeners by its lack of the prora on the first gastral sternite, both laterally and anteroventrally. It belongs in the occidentalis   HNS   complex of the abeillei   HNS   group, notes on the species of which are given under occidentalis   HNS   . See also under dis, which appears to be its closest relative.

SAMC

South Africa, Cape Town, Iziko Museum of Capetown (formerly South African Museum)

CASC

USA, California, San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences