Heteroponera imbellis

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Heteroponera imbellis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Heteroponerinae
Genus: Heteroponera
Species: H. imbellis
Binomial name
Heteroponera imbellis
(Emery, 1895)

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Identification

Identification Keys including this Taxon

Distribution

Heterick (2009) - Heteroponera imbellis has a broad distribution on Australia’s east coast. In Western Australia it is most common in the wetter south-west, but there is at least one goldfields record (Kambalda). This species has also been collected in suburban Perth and on Rottnest Island.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • hilare. Ectatomma (Acanthoponera) imbellis var. hilare Forel, 1895f: 421 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in Acanthoponera: Emery, 1911d: 36; in A. (Anacanthoponera): Wheeler, W.M. 1923e: 180. Junior synonym of imbellis: Brown, 1958g: 196.
  • imbellis. Acanthoponera imbellis Emery, 1895g: 346 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1964b: 447 (l.). Combination in A. (Anacanthoponera): Wheeler, W.M. 1923e: 179; in Heteroponera: Brown, in Borgmeier, 1957: 112. Senior synonym of hilare, nigra, occidentalis, scabra: Brown, 1958g: 196. See also: Brown, 1958g: 261; Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971b: 1200.
  • scabra. Acanthoponera (Anacanthoponera) imbellis var. scabra Wheeler, W.M. 1923e: 181 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of imbellis: Brown, 1958g: 196.
  • occidentalis. Acanthoponera occidentalis Clark, 1926: 47, pl. 6, fig. 3 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of imbellis: Brown, 1958g: 196.
  • nigra. Acanthoponera nigra Clark, 1930c: 6 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of imbellis: Brown, 1958g: 196.

Type Material

Description

References

  • Borgmeier, T. 1957a. Myrmecologische Studien, I. An. Acad. Bras. Cienc. 29: 103-128 (page 112, Combination in Heteroponera: Brown)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1958g. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. II. Tribe Ectatommini (Hymenoptera). Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 118: 173-362 (page 196, Senior synonym of hilare, nigra, occidentalis and scabra)
  • Emery, C. 1895h. Descriptions de quelques fourmis nouvelles d'Australie. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 39: 345-358 (page 346, worker described)
  • Heterick, B. E. 2009. A guide to the ants of South-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 76:1-206. PDF
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1964b. The ant larvae of the subfamily Ponerinae: supplement. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 57: 443-462 (page 447, larva described)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1971b. Ant larvae of the subfamily Ponerinae: second supplement. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 6 64: 1197-1217 (page 1200, see also)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1923f. Ants of the genera Myopias and Acanthoponera. Psyche (Camb.) 30: 175-192 (page 179, Combination in A. (Anacanthoponera))