Heteroponera leae

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Heteroponera leae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Heteroponerinae
Genus: Heteroponera
Species: H. leae
Binomial name
Heteroponera leae
(Wheeler, W.M., 1923)

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Specimen Labels

Specimens have been found in litter and pitfall samples from rainforest and eucalypt forest.


Similar to the more northerly distributed Heteroponera crozieri. The first gastral tergite largely moderately punctate-rugose; the raised elements with a clear semi-circular trend, and the posterior third of the dorsum forming a less-intensely punctate-reticulate transverse band. Second gastral tergite distinctly and somewhat reticulately longitudinally striate. For additional identification notes see Heteroponera crozieri.

Identification Keys including this Taxon


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • leae. Acanthoponera (Anacanthoponera) leae Wheeler, W.M. 1923e: 181, fig. 3 (w.) AUSTRALIA (New South Wales).
    • Type-material: 2 syntype workers.
    • Type-locality: Australia: New South Wales, National Park, nr Sydney (A.M. Lea).
    • Type-depository: MCZC.
    • Combination in Heteroponera: Brown, 1958g: 196.
    • Status as species: Brown, 1958g: 196; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 30; Taylor, 1987a: 28; Bolton, 1995b: 212; Taylor, 2011: 120 (redescription).
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material


Measurements and indices: (mm – syntype worker; smallest available worker (Ewingar SF), largest available worker (Werrikimbe NP)): TL (ca.): 4.9; 4.77, 5.62. HW: 1.11; 1.12, 1.30. HL: 1.15; 1.17, 1.23. CI: 96; 95, 95. EL: 0.21; 0.19, 0.22. SL: 0.72; 0.72, 0.80. SI: 65; 64, 61. PW: 0.73; 0.74, 0.83. WL: 1.54; 1.57, 1.69. PetH: 0.62; 0.70, 0.71. PetW: 0.49; 0.48, 0.53. GW: 0.98; 1.02, 1.12.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Taylor R. W. 2011. Australasian ants of the subfamily Heteroponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): (1) General introduction and review of the Heteroponera leae (Wheeler, 1923) species group, with descriptions of two new species. Myrmecological News 15: 117-123.