Metapone javana

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

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Known only from the type nest series comprising the holotype worker, 18 paratype workers, a paratype dealate queen and 4 paratype males, collected by K. Yamauchi (5/Jan/2000, “nesting in a fallen tree in primary forest”).


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.

  • javana. Metapone javana Taylor & Alpert, 2016: 523, figs. 62-65 (w.q.m.) INDONESIA (Java).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 18 paratype workers, 1 paratype queen, 4 paratype males.
    • Type-locality: holotype Indonesia: Java, nr Cibodas Botanical Garden, 5.i.2000, in fallen tree, primary forest (K. Yamauchi); paratypes with same data.
    • Type-depositories: MZBJ (holotype); ANIC, BMNH, CASC, MCZC, MHNG, MZBJ, SIZK (paratypes).
    • Distribution: Indonesia (Java).

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



(holotype, smallest paratype, largest paratype (ranked by HW): TL: ca. 8.95, 6.4, 9.3; HL: 2.12, 1.47, 2.13; HW: 1.52, 1.05, 1.57; CI: 72, 71, 74; PMW: 1.11, 0.72, 1.12; MSL: 2.31, 1.55, 2.40; PetL: 0.69, 0.46, 0.70; PetW: 0.60, 0.47, 0.62; PetH: 1.05, 0.75, 1.10; PpetL: 0.63, 0.46, 0.66; PpetW: 0.80, 0.58, 0.82; PpetH: 0.85, 0.60, 0.90; GW 1.58, 1.15, 1.66.

General and diagnostic features as in the key to Asian species and the accompanying figures. Clypeus rostrate, transverse anterior border straight, without accessory denticles. Eyes relatively large, minutely multifaceted, maximum diameters subequal to the maximum width of an apical antennomere. Subpetiolar lamella a translucent, anteriorly-positioned hook-like structure, much as described above for M. quadridentata. Profile of subpetiolar edge behind the lamella curving posteroventrally on a longer radius than in M. quadridentata to meet the subpetiolar angle, which is drawn to an acute point in side view. Posterior subpetiolar surface acutely triangular in oblique view, its face minutely concave, with the outer edges distinctly margined but not carinate, sloping so strongly forwards that its ventral profile almost aligns with the subpetiolar edge. Subpostpetiolar process slightly extended, acutely triangular in lateral view.

Type Material

Indonesia: java: near Cibodas Botanical Garden [6°44′S, 107°E]. MZBI: holotype worker, 6 paratype workers, paratype dealate gyne, 2 paratype males. Australian National Insect Collection: 2 paratype workers, 2 paratype males. Single paratype workers in The Natural History Museum, California Academy of Sciences, IZUK, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève.


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.