Metapone balinensis

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Metapone balinensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Metapone
Species: M. balinensis
Binomial name
Metapone balinensis
Taylor & Alpert, 2016

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Known only from the holotype alate gyne.


Taylor and Alpert (2016) - The clypeal conformation, with its “moustache” of bristles is unique among known Metapone species.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • balinensis. Metapone balinensis Taylor & Alpert, 2016: 523, figs. 56-61 (q.) INDONESIA (Bali I.).
    • Type-material: holotype queen.
    • Type-locality: Indonesia: W Bali, 31.v.1998 (I.K.T. Ginarsa).
    • Type-depository: MZBJ.
    • Status as species: Wang, W.Y., et al. 2019: 140 (in key).
    • Distribution: Indonesia (Bali).

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



TL 8.2; HL 1.68; HW (across eyes) 1.21; CI 72; MSL 2.64; PW 0.96; PetW 0.52; PetH 1.0600; PpetW 0.81.

Gyne diagnosis. General and diagnostic features as illustrated and reviewed in the key to Asian species above. Clypeus extended as a short rostrate process, narrowing slightly anteriorly; anterior border convex with subdentate anterolateral angles and an associated parallel groove beneath its leading edge bearing six anteriorly directed bristle-like setae. Posterior sections of lateral margins of clypeus (those in cranial conjunction) sub-parallel, somewhat vestigially incised. Profile of subpetiolar edge sinuate, markedly concave anteriorly, the posterior outline inflated ventrally to form a semicircular protrusion. Subpetiolar extension a small subopaque tabulate process, higher than wide and posteriorly inclined. Sculpturation essentially as described below for M. wallaceana. Dimensions:

Type Material

Indonesia: western Bali [08°S, 115°E]. The specimen label reads “W. Bali” without further locality data.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Taylor R. W., and G. D. Alpert. 2016. The myrmicine ant genus Metapone Forel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): a global taxonomic review with descriptions of twelve new species. Zootaxa 4105(6): 501-545.