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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Hypoponera punctatissima

This species, as with most Ponerini, is mainly carnivorous on small arthropods Collingwood Collected most commonly using these methods: Very difficult to control as the whereabouts of colonies very difficult to determine www8. Mandibles with strong teeth towards apex and numerous smaller denticles posteriorly.

Frontal lobes present Frontal lobes relatively narrow. The apterous males remain in the nest. No video is available for this species.

Species: Hypoponera punctatissima – AntWeb

Overall coloration yellowish brown to dark brown. With the possible exception of Monomorium pharaonis Linnaeus Myrmicinaewhich is essentially cosmopolitan, H.

All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise hypopnoera, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. This species was collected from moist soil and leaf litter under mango and date palm trees where the soil hypoonera rich in decaying organic material.

Antennae with 12 segments gradually broadening to an indefinite club; scapes do not reach posterior border of head.

It is often retrieved from litter and topsoil samples in forests, and also from rotten wood, but it seems particularly frequent in areas disturbed by human activities, especially in gardens, plantations and crop fields.


Senior synonym of androgyna: Dalla Torre, PDF: Impression that extends back along midline of head from the frontal lobes reaches at least the midlength of the vertex and usually further. Kilimandjaro, zone des cultures, Kiboscho, m, Ch. Hypoponera punctatissimalateral view of a worker FL, Jefferson Co. Disc of second gastral tergite minutely punctulate, appearing weakly microreticulate in places.

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.

The South American records are as follows: The two species are quite similar, and Japan happens to be one of the few well-studied areas where puntatissima does not occur as a tramp.

The tendency for H. Marquesas Is, Uapou; Kohepu Tekohepu summit, alt.

Tarsal claws lacking subapical tooth. Reasons for the ecological success of H. First published Florida record: Gaster usually with a slight but distinct impression between the first and second segments; large, curved sting present.

It is most often collected from the leaf litter and rotting wood, and is often found in association with disturbed habitats such as gardens, plantations, and crop fields, in addition to buildings and hothouses in colder climates. Most recorded occurrences are from heated premises such as bakehouses and conservatories.

Rural breeding populations of Hypoponera punctatissima Roger Hym. There are actually two morphs of flightless males in this species, but no winged males that anybody has seen. Found most commonly in these microhabitats: Whitehouse and Joe A. The rareness of this tramp ant at local levels is certainly an artifact due to its elusive habits. Hypoponera punctatissimadorsal view of a queen MS, Jackson Co. However, the maintenance of permanent colonies of this ant in houses, greenhouses, and hospitals is much more recent, due to relatively constant temperature conditions in human settlements particularly since the Industrial Revolution.


Biology, impact, and control of introduced species. For websites, images must be clearly identified as coming from www. Hypoponera punctatissimafull face view of a worker FL, Jefferson Co.

Accessed 9 March The zoogeography of Israel. Users are advised to closely examine the photographs presented here and on Antweb before assigning a species determination. Description and notes 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 the gaster. Hypoponera punctatissima can be distinguished by 1 the petiolar node, which in profile is relatively shorter and higher LPeI 43—53 ; and 2 in dorsal view the petiolar node is relatively shorter from front to back, DPeI — Nesting biology Colonies are underground and can be polydomous usually containing several queens, a few males and around workers.

Privacy policy About AntWiki Disclaimers. More often the species is detected by flying queens the males are ergatoid. Delabie and Bland have compiled a whole series of breeding sites, ranging from earthworm cultures to heaps of chicken manure, and suggest that this ant emerged out of Asia following the domestication and extensive use of horses.

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Hypoponera punctatissima indifferens Forel, Hypoponera punctatissima Hypoponera punctatissima Scientific classification Kingdom: Abdominal segment 4 lacking deep longitudinal furrows.