Loboponera trica

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

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Specimen labels

Specimens have been collected in rainforest from litter and dead wood.

Identification

Bolton & Brown (2002) - The only member of the trica species group. L. trica is a very distinctive small species that is easily recognised by its lack of standing hairs coupled with the presence everywhere of uniform fine dense sculpture.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Ivory Coast (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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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.

  • trica. Loboponera trica Bolton & Brown, 2002: 6, fig. 6 (w.) IVORY COAST.

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 3.0, HL 0.59, HW 0.55, CI 93, SL 0.43, SI 78, AL 0.90. Paratype. TL 3.0, HL 0.59, HW 0.55, CI 93, SL 0.47, SI 85, AL 0.90. Characters of trica group and the following. Maximum diameter of eye 0.02. Scape when laid back not reaching occipital margin. Dorsum of head opaque, extremely densely finely striolate-punctulate and with larger shallow foveolae that are overlaid and partially masked by the finer components of the sculpture. Alitrunk and gaster similarly sculptured, in places with the foveolae more conspicuous.

Type Material

Holotype worker, Ivory Coast: Abidjan, Banco Nat. Pk, 14.iii.1977, dead wood sample (I. Löbl) (The Natural History Museum). Paratype. 1 worker with same data as holotype (Museum of Comparative Zoology).

References