Metapone titan

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

Taylor, Alpert 2016 Metapone-32 112.jpg

Taylor, Alpert 2016 Metapone-32 114.jpg

Identification

The large size (which we expect will also characterise the workers) immediately identifies M. titan among all Metapone species discussed here. The clypeal and petiolar structures and sculpturation are also unusual in the genus.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea.

Distribution based on specimens

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

Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • titan. Metapone titan Taylor & Alpert, 2016: 532, figs. 111-115 (q.) PAPUA NEW GUINEA.

Description

Gyne diagnosis. General and diagnostic features, sculpture, pilosity and colour as illustrated and in the key to Melanesian and Pacific species above. Clypeus relatively broadly rostrate over almost its full width; anterior border straight; anterolateral corners slightly acute, anterolateral borders minutely concave apically, as illustrated. Petiole in dorsal view overall somewhat wider than long; dorsal posterolateral spines well developed, acute, apices minutely rounded. Subpetiolar edge concave, posterior subpetiolar angle approximately right angled, subpetiolar a relatively long, narrow posteriorly-directed hook-like process. Dimensions: TL ca.: 14.3, 16.0; HL: 2.86, 3.08; HW: 2.30, 2.51; CI: 80, 81; CpL: 1.22, 1.29; CpI: 42, 42; MSL: 4.31, 4.85; PetL: 0.99, 1.12; PetW: 1.32, 1.51; PetH: 1.55, 1.70; PpetL: 0.92, 0.98; PpetW: 1.26, 1.41; PpetH: 1.18, 1.36; GW: 2.41, 2.68.

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