This species is so far known only from type material. It is the only species of the genus to occur in Western Australia.
Heteroponera majeri is one of the most highly distinctive of all Heteroponera species. The major features distinguishing it from Heteroponera leae and Heteroponera crozieri include the very differently structured head, mesosoma and metasoma.
The species-group association of this somewhat aberrant taxon with Heteroponera leae and Heteroponera crozieri is based on the reasonable assumption that the propodeal and petiolar spines, vestigial antennal scrobes and strongly reflexed gaster in these species are synapomorphies.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- majeri. Heteroponera majeri Taylor, R.W. 2011: 122, figs. 13-16 (w.) AUSTRALIA.
- Holotype, worker, Dwellingup, ca. 85 km S of Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Australian National Insect Collection; gold coated for SEM study. ,
- Paratype, workers, Dwellingup, ca. 85 km S of Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Jonathan D. Majer Collection. ,
Measurements and indices: (mm – holotype; smallest paratype, largest paratype): TL (ca.): 6.0; 5.4, 6.4. HW: 1.37; 1.26, 1.49. HL: 1.47; 1.28, 1.48. CI: 93; 98, 100. EL: 0.29; 0.26, 0.30. SL: 1.04; 0.94, 1.07. SI: 76; 75, 72. PW: 0.90; 0.81, 0.98. WL: 1.79; 1.56, 1.94. PetH: 0.78; 0.71, not measurable. PetW: 0.44; 0.39, 0.48; GW: 1.24; 1.05, 1.29.
Named for Prof. J.D. Majer of Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.