Bolton & Brown, 2002
Collected from litter and soil in rainforest and cocoa.
Bolton & Brown (2002) - A member of the obeliscata species group. This species is smaller than Loboponera obeliscata and, beside lacking the unique subpyramidal shape of the petiole node that characterises obeliscata, has much shorter scapes.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- politula. Loboponera politula Bolton & Brown, 2002: 5, figs. 2, 5 (w.) NIGERIA.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Holotype. TL 3.7, HL 0.73, HW 0.64, CI 88, SL 0.52, SI 81, AL 1.09. Paratypes. TL 3.4–3.7, HL 0.70–0.73, HW 0.60–0.64, CI 85–90, SL 0.48–0.52, SI 79–82, AL 1.01–1.09 (3 measured). Characters of obeliscata group and the following. Eye minute, maximum diameter 0.03. Scape when laid back in full-face view distinctly fails to reach occipital margin. Propodeal lamella narrow at sides, petering out at dorsal angle and not continued onto dorsum; the latter separated from the declivity by an angle. Petiole in profile with anterior margin rising to a blunt anterodorsal angle, behind which the dorsum slopes posteriorly and is flat or very feebly convex. In posterior view the petiole node dorsum is broadly evenly rounded. First gastral tergite in profile or in dorsal view with its anterior face overhanging the helcium.
Holotype worker, Nigeria: Ibadan, IITA no. 62, 16.vii.1974 (B.R. Critchley) (The Natural History Museum). Paratypes. 1 worker, Ivory Coast: Abidjan, Banco Nat. Pk, 18.iii.1977, primary forest litter (I. Löbl); 1 worker, Ghana: Mampong, 10.viii.1970 (P. Room); 1 worker, Nigeria: near Ibadan, 26.vii.1981, secondary forest, no. 10 (A. Russell-Smith) (BMNH, Museum of Comparative Zoology).