Prionopelta tapatia

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Prionopelta tapatia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Amblyoponinae
Tribe: Amblyoponini
Genus: Prionopelta
Species: P. tapatia
Binomial name
Prionopelta tapatia
Ladino & Feitosa, 2020

Ladino, N., Feitosa, R.M. 2020 tapatia hal.jpg

Ladino, N., Feitosa, R.M. 2020 tapatia had.jpg



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Mexico (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.


The species is mainly known from leaf litter samples collected in disturbed areas, at elevations greater than 900m.



The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • tapatia. Prionopelta tapatia Ladino & Feitosa, 2020: 244, figs. 34, 35D (w.q.) MEXICO.
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 1 paratype worker.
    • Type-locality: holotype Mexico: Jalisco, Tamazula de Gordiano, Cerro de la Mesa, 1442 m., 19°41’21’’N, 103°15’19’’W, 9.x.2016, leaf litter (Vasquez-Bolaños); paratype with same data.
    • Type-depository: DZUP.
    • Distribution: Mexico.


Body dark yellow. Integument covered by deep and dense punctate sculpturing; space between the punctures of lateral portion of frons corresponding to one or half puncture diameter in full-face view. Head longer than broad; length of median tooth of mandible shorter than basal tooth; basal margin of mandible straight. Clypeus slightly projecting medially. Eleven antennomeres; antennomeres 1–4 separated by deep constrictions. Eyes placed immediately posterior to the head midlength. Pronotum slightly broader than long. Distance between the propodeal spiracle and the bulla of the metapleural gland corresponding to one spiracular diameter; distance between the propodeal spiracle and the propodeal dorsum corresponding to two spiracular diameters. Petiolar node as high as long in lateral view. Subpetiolar process with anterior and posterior margins subparallel or parallel; posterior margin concave; posteroventral angle acute.