Key to Epopostruma of the southwestern Australian Botanical Province

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This worker key is based on: Heterick, B. E. 2009a. A guide to the ants of South-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 76: 1-206. Part 2 PDF

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  • Anterior as well as posterior angles of postpetiole expanded laterally in the form of spines or “wings” (Figure 555) . . . . . 2
Figure 555.
  • Anterior postpetiole either rounding smoothly on to sides or anterior angles in form of denticles only, never spinous or wing-like (however, posterior extensions may form spines or angles, e.g. Figure 556) . . . . . 3
Figure 556.

2

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Figure 557.
Epopostruma frosti ANIC32-003763 head 32-AntWiki.jpg
Epopostruma frosti ANIC32-003763 side 25-AntWiki.jpg
Figure 558.
Epopostruma lattini holotype ANIC32-003693 head 40-AntWiki.jpg
Epopostruma lattini holotype ANIC32-003693 side 32-AntWiki.jpg

3

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  • In dorsal view posterior angles of postpetiole forming distinct wings (e.g. Figure 559) . . . . . 4
Figure 559.
  • In dorsal view postpetiole either rounded posteriad or posterior angles weakly denticulate; not expanded as wings (e.g. Figure 560) . . . . . 5
Figure 560.

4

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  • Bases of the propodeal spines and lobes not connected by flanges of any sort, petiolar spines well developed, distinct . . . . . Epopostruma mercurii
Epopostruma mercurii holotype ANIC32-015344 head 50-AntWiki.jpg
Epopostruma mercurii holotype ANIC32-015344 side 40-AntWiki.jpg
  • Posterior face of propodeum with broad, distinct flanges, which connect the bases of the spines to the propodeal lobes, petiolar spines well developed or indistinct, reduced to sharp angles . . . . . Epopostruma sowestensis
Epopostruma sowestensis holotype ANIC32-003773 head 50-AntWiki.jpg
Epopostruma sowestensis holotype ANIC32-003773 side 40-AntWiki.jpg

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  • Propodeal angles connected to propodeal lobes by flanges, developed propodeal spines lacking (Figure 561) . . . . . Epopostruma inornata
Figure 561.
Epopostruma inornata holotype ANIC32-007280 head 63-AntWiki.jpg
Epopostruma inornata holotype ANIC32-007280 side 63-AntWiki.jpg
  • Propodeal angles not connected to propodeal lobes by flanges, distinct propodeal spines present (Figure 562) . . . . . 6
Figure 562.

6

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Figure 563.
Epopostruma quadrispinosa ANIC32-003741 head 63-AntWiki.jpg
Epopostruma quadrispinosa ANIC32-003741 side 50-AntWiki.jpg
  • Posterolateral margin of postpetiole with a sharp angle or dentiform lateral protuberance (Figure 564) . . . . . 7
Figure 564.

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  • Postpetiole with distinct angle between anterior and dorsal faces (Figure 565); gaster with slight traces of superficial microreticulation, otherwise smooth and shining . . . . . Epopostruma natalae
Figure 565.
Epopostruma natalae casent0010815 head 1.jpg
Epopostruma natalae casent0010815 profile 1.jpg
  • Postpetiole generally rounded without differentiation between anterior and dorsal faces (Figure 566); gaster evenly microreticulate, matt and dull . . . . . Epopostruma kangarooensis
Figure 566.
Epopostruma kangarooensis holotype ANIC32-003699 head 63-AntWiki.jpg
Epopostruma kangarooensis holotype ANIC32-003699 side 40-AntWiki.jpg