Loboponera subatra

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Loboponera subatra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Loboponera
Species: L. subatra
Binomial name
Loboponera subatra
Bolton & Brown, 2002

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Specimen labels

Specimens have been collected from rainforest litter.

Identification

Bolton & Brown (2002) - A member of the vigilans species group. This relatively large, slender species is recognized by the lateral blunt tooth on each side of the anteromedian process of the first gastral sternite. In Loboponera vigilans there is usually an angular development in the same place, but the latter species has characteristic sculpture and has a median carina on the first gastral sternite, which is completely absent in subatra.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Cameroun (type locality), Central African Republic.

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Nomenclature

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

  • subatra. Loboponera subatra Bolton & Brown, 2002: 7 (w.) CAMEROUN.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

Worker

Holotype. TL 7.3, HL 1.32, HW 1.11, CI 84, SL 1.27, SI 114, AL 2.38. Characters of vigilans group and the following. Maximum diameter of eye 0.10. First gastral sternite without trace of a median longitudinal carina. Anteroventral median process of first gastral sternite with an anteriorly directed blunt tooth on each side that also arises from the sternite. Propodeal declivity with a broad triangular tooth near base, the margin above this with a small rounded tubercle; dorsum of alitrunk rounds into declivity. Short pilosity very dense on all dorsal surfaces, also dense on scapes, femora and tibiae. Dorsum of head and alitrunk predominantly longitudinally costaterugose, the alitrunk also with foveolae but most of these are partially effaced by the longitudinal component; foveolae are most clearly defined on propodeum. Second gastal tergite longitudinally costate-rugose, the sculpture better defined here than on the first tergite, where the foveolate component is more obvious.

Type Material

Holotype worker, Cameroun: Nkoemvon, 1980, P74 (D. Jackson) (The Natural History Museum).

References