Heteroponera wilsoni

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Heteroponera wilsoni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Heteroponerinae
Genus: Heteroponera
Species group: relicta
Species complex: relicta
Species: H. wilsoni
Binomial name
Heteroponera wilsoni
Taylor, 2015

Known from Northeastern Queensland. Specimens were collected from Berlese funnel of sieved rainforest leafmould, litter or moss from trees or rocks. Sympatric with Heteroponera rhodopygea at all sites of record except Mossman Bluff, where H. wilsoni is directly sympatric with Heteroponera relicta.


Taylor (2015) - Habitus similar to Heteroponera darlingtonorum (refer Figs) and Heteroponera relicta. Major sculpturation considerably different, as illustrated. Compared to H. relicta: antennal foveae superficially but more strongly sculptured, finely longitudinally striate; propodeal declivity shining, with some minute scaly microsculpture; posterior face of petiole smooth, shining. Vertexal border similarly concave in frontal view; posteroventrolateral extensions of occiput and opposing humeral epaulets less pronounced; ventrolateral sub-dentate extensions of pronotum above fore-coxae less well-developed and less-acutely pointed; humeral shoulders in dorsal view less pronounced; propodeal dorsum in profile less inclined posterodorsally; petiole in side view relatively narrow, the subpetiolar process somewhat reduced.

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • wilsoni. Heteroponera wilsoni Taylor, 2015b: 165, figs. 18-21 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Queensland).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 2 paratype workers.
    • Type-locality: holotype Australia: Queensland, Devils Thumb area, -16 34, 145 17 (10 km. NW Mossman), 9-10.x.1982, QMBA berlesate 455 (G.B. Monteith, D.K. Yeates & G.I. Thompson); paratypes: 1 worker with same data but QMBA berlesate 459, 1180 m., 10.x.1982, 1 worker with same data but QMBA pyrethrum knockdown, 1000-1180 m., 10.x.1982.
    • [Note: other localities are also provided, but there is no statement concerning which are paratypes, and no statement that all are paratypes; therefore only those from the type-locality are recorded here.]
    • Type-depositories: ANIC (holotype); ANIC, QMBA (paratypes).
    • Distribution: Australia.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



(Holotype; smallest available specimen, largest available specimen (both Mossman Bluff)): TL (ca): 5.28, 5.14, 5.42; HW: 1.27, 1.24, 1.31; HL: 1.21, 1.19, 1.26; CI: 104, 104, 104; EL: 0.25, 0.23, 0.25; SL: 0.72, 0.73, 0.75; SI: 59, 61, 57; PW: 0.86, 0.81, 0.88; WL: 1.55, 1.51, 1.59; petH: 0.83, 0.768, 0.87; petW: 0.54, 0.51, 0.55; GW 1.05, 1.04, 1.08.

Type Material

Australia: Queensland:Thumb area, -16 34, 145 17 (10 km NW of Mossman). Type deposition. Holotype Australian National Insect Collection, Paratypes in ANIC, Queensland Museum.


Named for the preeminent myrmecologist Edward O. Wilson of the Museum of Comparative Zoology Laboratories, Harvard University.


  • Taylor, R.W. 2015. Australasian ants of the subfamily Heteroponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): (2) the species-group of Heteroponera relicta (Wheeler) with descriptions of nine new species and observations on morphology, biogeography and phylogeny of the genus. Zootaxa. 3947:151-180. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3947.2.1