Metapone philwardi

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Metapone philwardi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Metapone
Species: M. philwardi
Binomial name
Metapone philwardi
Taylor & Alpert, 2016

Taylor, Alpert 2016 Metapone-31 102.jpg

Taylor, Alpert 2016 Metapone-31 104.jpg



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea.

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Distribution based on specimens

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The above specimen data are provided by AntWeb. Please see Metapone philwardi for further details




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

  • philwardi. Metapone philwardi Taylor & Alpert, 2016: 530, figs. 101-105 (w.) PAPUA NEW GUINEA.


Worker diagnosis. General and diagnostic features, sculpturation and colour as illustrated and in the key to Pacific species above. Clypeus extended, shortly rostrate, anterior border straight, anterolateral corners rightangled. Clypeus, frons and cheeks finely longitudinally striate, most strongly on cheeks; dwindling somewhat posteriorly on frons; dorsum and sides of mesosoma similarly striate. Eyes minute, maximum diameter ca 0.05mm, with about 8 very indistinct, somewhat irregular unpigmented facets Petiole in dorsal view overall a little less wide than long, posterodorsolateral spines relatively acute and well-developed. Ventral subpetiolar edge concave in profile; subpetiolar angle broadly rounded; subpetiolar extension a small, barely translucent hook-like process placed anteriorly. Frons, petiolar dorsum and entire postpetiole and gaster with relatively long pilosity as illustrated; a distinctive transverse linear crest of long hairs anteriorly on pronotal dorsum; hairs elsewhere on mesosoma shorter and more dispersed.

Etymology. Named for our friend, the celebrated myrmecologist Philip S. Ward of the University of California, Davis.