Hypoponera nippona

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Hypoponera nippona
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Hypoponera
Species: H. nippona
Binomial name
Hypoponera nippona
(Santschi, 1937)

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Specimen Labels


Total length of workers averaging slightly less than 2.5 mm. Body color yellow to yellowish brown. Eyes each a single facet, situated well away from posterior margin of clypeus (the distance from clypeus to anterior margin of eyes is more than 5 times the eye diameter). First gastral tergite twice as broad as petiole. Metanotum prominently and deeply constricted. Petiole broad and elliptical in posterior view.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China, Japan (type locality), Republic of Korea.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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It nests in the soil and is rather rare. Reproductive alates are attracted to light and fly during late August.



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

  • nippona. Ponera nippona Santschi, 1937h: 364, figs. 3, 4 (w.) JAPAN. Onoyama, 1989b: 6 (q.m.). Combination in Hypoponera: Ogata, 1987: 123.



  • Ogata, K. 1987a. A generic synopsis of the poneroid complex of the family Formicidae in Japan (Hymenoptera). Part 1. Subfamilies Ponerinae and Cerapachyinae. Esakia 25: 97-132 (page 123, Combination in Hypoponera)
  • Onoyama, K. 1989b. Notes on the ants of the genus Hypoponera in Japan (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Edaphologia 41: 1-10 (page 6, queen, male described)
  • Santschi, F. 1937h. Fourmis du Japon et de Formose. Bull. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 77: 361-388 (page 364, figs. 3,4 worker described)