Workers forage in the low arboreal zone (Longino 1997). Longino collected a worker at the extrafloral nectaries of Passiflora [Passifloraceae].
- 1 Identification
- 2 Distribution
- 3 Biology
- 4 Castes
- 5 Nomenclature
- 6 References
From Mackay and Mackay (2010): Neoponera theresiae is similar to Neoponera villosa and Neoponera foetida, but can be easily distinguished by its smaller size (total length of both of the latter species > 10 mm). Neoponera theresiae could be easily confused with Neoponera bugabensis, it can be separated by the horizontal striae on the side the petiole, which are lacking in N. bugabensis.
Keys including this Species
COSTA RICA, PANAMA, PERU, BRASIL (Mackay and Mackay 2010)
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Longino (1997) found this species in wet forest habitats.
Known only from the worker caste.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- theresiae. Pachycondyla theresiae Forel, 1899c: 13, pl. 1, fig. 11 (w.) PANAMA. Combination in Neoponera: Emery, 1901a: 47; in Pachycondyla: Brown, in Bolton, 1995b: 310; in Neoponera: Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 152. See also: Mackay & Mackay, 2010: 549.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
From Mackay and Mackay (2010): The worker is a moderately large (total length about 10 mm) dark reddish black ant with reddish brown mandibles and dark brown appendages. The anterior margin of the clypeus is broadly rounded, the eyes are located somewhat posteriorly on the head at a distance of about one diameter from the anterior edge of the head (side view) and the malar carina is well developed. The scape extends slightly more than the first funicular segment past the posterior lateral corner. The pronotal carina is well developed and sharp, the mesosoma is slightly depressed at the metanotal suture, which breaks the sculpturing on the dorsum. The propodeal spiracle is slit-shaped. The anterior face of the petiole is nearly vertical and joins the rounded posterior face at a right angle.
Most surfaces, including the dorsum of the head, mesosoma, petiole and all surfaces of the gaster are covered with erect hairs, as are most of the parts of the legs. Appressed golden pubescence is abundant on the dorsum of the head, the mesosoma and the dorsum of the gaster.
The mandibles are finely and longitudinally striate with the apex and the parts near the teeth being smooth and glossy. The head is completely dull and finely punctate, the mesosoma is punctate, but the pronotum (both the top and the side) as well as other parts of the side of the mesosoma are weakly shining. The side of the petiole has distinct horizontal striae, as does the lower half of the front face of the petiole, as well as the lower half of the back the petiole. The gaster is finely punctate and moderately shining.
This species was named in honor of princess Thérèse de Bavière, Abbesses of Saint Anne de Munich (1850 - 1925). The specimens were collected by Champion. (Mackay and Mackay 2010)
- Brown, W. L., Jr. 1995a. [Untitled. Taxonomic changes in Pachycondyla attributed to Brown.] Pp. 302-311 in: Bolton, B. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 310, combination in Pachycondyla)
- Emery, C. 1901b. Notes sur les sous-familles des Dorylines et Ponérines (Famille des Formicides). Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 45: 32-54 (page 47, Combination in Neoponera)
- Fernandes, I.O., De Oliveira, M.L. & Delabie, J.H.C. 2014. Description of two new species in the Neotropical Pachycondyla foetida complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae) and taxonomic notes on the genus. Myrmecological News 19, 133-163.
- Forel, A. 1899b. Formicidae. [part]. Biol. Cent.-Am. Hym. 3: 1-24 (page 13, pl. 1, fig. 11 worker described)
- Mackay, W. P., and E. E. Mackay 2010. The Systematics and Biology of the New World Ants of the Genus Pachycondyla (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Edwin Mellon Press, Lewiston. Information from this publication is used with permission from the authors.
- Schmidt, C.A. & Shattuck, S.O. 2014. The higher classification of the ant subfamily Ponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), with a review of ponerine ecology and behavior. Zootaxa 3817, 1–242 (DOI 10.11646/zootaxa.3817.1.1).