Notoncus capitatus

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Notoncus capitatus
Notoncus capitatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Melophorini
Genus: Notoncus
Species: N. capitatus
Binomial name
Notoncus capitatus
Forel, 1915

Notoncus capitatus side view

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Specimen labels



  • Scutellum in the form of a thick, rounded tumulus or oval process.
  • Propodeum distinctly, widely and rather coarsely striate, and largely subopaque throughout; dorsum of gaster generally densely punctulate (weakly so in some individuals) and with dense appressed pubescence; mandibles largely smooth and shining above, with coarse punctures.
  • Smaller species, maximum head width less than 1.6 mm; appressed pubescence present on all body tagmata, almost as thick on propodeum as on gaster, with density otherwise diminishing cephalad; head and mesosoma relatively finely sculptured, individual cephalic striae narrower than the diameter of an eye facet; propodeum rounded, not angular.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • capitatus. Notoncus capitatus Forel, 1915b: 90, pl. 1, fig. 8 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of enormis: Brown, 1955d: 489. Revived from synonymy and senior synonym of minor, mjobergi: Taylor, 1992a: 61.
  • mjobergi. Notoncus mjobergi Forel, 1915b: 91 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of enormis: Brown, 1955d: 489; of capitatus: Taylor, 1992a: 61.
  • minor. Notoncus capitatus var. minor Viehmeyer, 1925b: 139 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of enormis: Brown, 1955d: 489; of capitatus: Taylor, 1992a: 61.

Type Material



  • Brown, W. L., Jr. (1955). A revision of the Australian ant genus Notoncus Emery, with notes on the other genera of Melophorini. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 113: 471–494.
  • Forel, A. (1915). Results of Dr. E. Mjöbergs Swedish Scientific Expeditions to Australia 1910-13. 2. Ameisen. Arkiv för Zoologi, 9(16): 1–119.
  • Taylor, R. W. (1992). Nomenclature and distribution of some Australian and New Guinean ants of the subfamily Formicinae. Journal of the Australian Entomological Society 31: 57–69.
  • Viehmeyer, H. (1925). Formiciden der australischen Faunenregion. (Schluss.). Entomologische Mitteilungen. Berlin-Dahlem, 14: 139–149.

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • 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.