Hypoponera venusta

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Hypoponera venusta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Hypoponera
Species: H. venusta
Binomial name
Hypoponera venusta
Bolton & Fisher, 2011

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Specimen Label

Nothing is known about the biology of Hypoponera venusta.


A member of the abeillei group. See the nomenclature sections of Hypoponera dema for similar species and diagnostic characters.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -1.874665° to -1.874665°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Rwanda (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.





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

  • venusta. Hypoponera venusta Bolton & Fisher, 2011: 110, figs. 127-129 (w.) RWANDA.

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



(holotype in parentheses). Measurements: HL 0.53–0.56 (0.53), HW 0.40–0.43 (0.42), HS 0.470–0.495 (0.475), SL 0.32–0.36 (0.34), PrW 0.32–0.34 (0.32), WL 0.68–0.74 (0.68), HFL 0.33–0.36 (0.34), PeNL 0.17–0.18 (0.17), PeH 0.32–0.36 (0.33), PeNW 0.25–0.28 (0.26), PeS 0.253–0.273 (0.253) (14 measured). Indices: CI 74–80 (79), SI 77–86 (81), PeNI 76–82 (81), LPeI 47–56 (52), DPeI 139–160 (153).

Eyes absent. Apex of scape, when laid straight back from its insertion, conspicuously fails to reach the mid-point of the posterior margin in full-face view; SL/HL 0.61–0.65. Pronotal dorsum almost smooth, obviously much less strongly and densely sculptured than the finely reticulate-punctate cephalic dorsum. Metanotal groove absent from dorsum of mesosoma. Propodeum weakly marginate between declivity and side. Petiole in profile relatively low and stout, the node quite thick from front to back and with a shallowly rounded dorsum. Posterior surface of petiole node without cuticular ridges that radiate upward from the peduncle. Subpetiolar process usually rounded and without a sharply developed ventral angle; at most a very low, blunt and very obtuse weak angle is present. In dorsal view petiole node broad and quite long, with posterior face shallowly concave and anterior face convex. Maximum width of first gastral tergite in dorsal view slightly greater than width of second gastral tergite at its mid-length. Cross-ribs at base of cinctus of second gastral tergite short but distinct. Midline length of second gastral posttergite, from posterior margin of cinctus to apex, slightly less than the width of the segment at its midlength. Disc of second gastral tergite with sharply incised, small punctures that are separated by areas of glossy cuticle; the diameters of the punctures are equal to, or slightly less than, the distances that separate the punctures. First gastral tergite dorsally pubescent, with numerous conspicuous, standing, bristly setae that are clearly more erect and strongly project above the level of the pubescence.

Paratype Specimen Labels

Type Material

Holotype worker (top specimen of three on pin), Rwanda: Rangiro, 1800 m., 10.vii.1973 (P. Werner) (Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève).

Paratypes. 14 workers with same data as holotype; 9 workers with same data but 6.viii.1973 (MHNG, The Natural History Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Barry Bolton Reference Collection).