Ophthalmopone hottentota

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Ophthalmopone hottentota
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Ophthalmopone
Species: O. hottentota
Binomial name
Ophthalmopone hottentota
(Emery, 1886)

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Synonyms
At a Glance • Gamergate  

 

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: South Africa (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Termite specialists, individual foraging

Castes

The queen caste is absent, and instead gamergates (mated, egg-laying workers) reproduce (Peeters & Crewe 1985).

Nomenclature

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

  • hottentota. Pachycondyla hottentota Emery, 1886: 360 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Arnold, 1915: 52 (m.). Combination in Ophthalmopone: Emery, 1902c: 30; in Pachycondyla: Brown, in Bolton, 1995b: 306; in Ophthalmopone: Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 124. Senior synonym of lanceolata: Emery, 1902c: 30.
  • lanceolata. Ophthalmopone lanceolata Mayr, 1895: 125 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Junior synonym of hottentota: Emery, 1902c: 30.

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