Heteroponera majeri

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Heteroponera majeri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Heteroponerinae
Genus: Heteroponera
Species: H. majeri
Binomial name
Heteroponera majeri
Taylor, 2011

This species is so far known only from type material. It is the only species of the genus to occur in Western Australia.

Identification

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.

Identification Keys including this Taxon

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).


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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • majeri. Heteroponera majeri Taylor, 2011: 122, figs. 13-16 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 2 paratype workers.
    • Type-locality: holotype Australia: Western Australia, Dwellingup (132/116), ca 85 km. S Perth, (132°43’S, 116°04’E), 7.vii.1975, acc. 049, 17238 (J.D. Majer); paratypes: 1 worker Worsley (33/116), Alcoa survey site, pitfall trap AL31 A1018, 15.x.1976, JDM acc. 92 (J. Wallace), 1 worker with same data but pitfall trap AL31 A731, 25.vi.1976, JDM acc. 92.
    • Type-depositories: ANIC (holotype); WAMP (paratypes).
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material

Description

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.

Etymology

Named for Prof. J.D. Majer of Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.

References

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.