Metapone krombeini

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Metapone krombeini
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Metapone
Species: M. krombeini
Binomial name
Metapone krombeini
Smith, M.R., 1947



Nothing is known about the biology of Metapone krombeini.


(In gynes & workers) Frons, cheeks, clypeus, promesonotal dorsum and sides of pronotum and petiole distinctly and regularly longitudinally or diagonally finely striate. Clypeal projection relatively a little shorter and narrower than in the alternative. Petiolar node relatively short and narrow. Apex of subpetiolar extension inclined posteriorly, broadly rounded (Micronesia, mainland New Guinea, New Britain, gyne and worker).

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -5.26° to -5.26°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea (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.

  • krombeini. Metapone krombeini Smith, M.R. 1947d: 76 (q.) NEW GUINEA (Papua New Guinea).
    • Type-material: holotype queen.
    • Type-locality: Papua New Guinea: Milne Bay, K.B. Mission, 26-28.iii.1944 (K.V. Krombein).
    • Type-depository: USNM.
    • Status as species: Chapman & Capco, 1951: 114; Gregg, R.E. 1958: 120; Kusnezov, 1960a: 126; Bolton, 1995b: 258; Taylor & Alpert, 2016: 525 (redescription).
    • Distribution: Indonesia (Irian Jaya), Papua New Guinea.

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



Taylor and Alpert (2016) - General and diagnostic features as in original description (Smith, 1947) and figures. Similar to gynes from New Guinea and Micronesia of the smaller Metapone truki, with differences itemised in the key to species above.


Taylor and Alpert (2016) - TL: 3.36, HL: 1.72, HW (across eyes): 1.22, CI: 71, CpL: 0.65, CpI: 38, WL: 2.84, PetL: 0.78, PetW: 0.62, PetH: 0.98, PpetL: 0.64, PpetW: 0.79, PpetH: 0.74, GW: 1.34.

General features as in original description (Smith, 1947) and Figs 71–75. Similar to gynes from New Guinea and Micronesia of the smaller Metapone truki. The two species differ as specified in couplet 5 of the key to Melanesian species above. Colour dark brown, the gaster reddish-brown.

Type Material

Gyne: New Guinea, Milne Bay [10°S, 150°E].


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Gregg R. E. 1958. Two new species of Metapone from Madagascar (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 60: 111-121.
  • Janda M., G. D. Alpert, M. L. Borowiec, E. P. Economo, P. Klimes, E. Sarnat, and S. O. Shattuck. 2011. Cheklist of ants described and recorded from New Guinea and associated islands. Available on Accessed on 24th Feb. 2011.
  • Kusnezov N. 1960. La posición sistemática del género Metapone Forel (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Acta Zoologica Lilloana 18: 119-126.
  • Smith M. R. 1947. A new species of Metapone Forel from New Guinea (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 49: 75-77.
  • 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.