Strumigenys koningsbergeri

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Strumigenys koningsbergeri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Strumigenys
Species: S. koningsbergeri
Binomial name
Strumigenys koningsbergeri
Forel, 1905

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Specimen Labels

Known from wet forest litter-samples.


Bolton (2000) - A member of the koningsbergeri complex in the Strumigenys koningsbergeri-group. Of the nine species of the koningsbergeri-complex that lack pronotal standing hairs only one, Strumigenys offina, lacks humeral hairs and also lacks an erect pair on the mesonotum; all the other eight species have humeral and mesonotal hairs present. S. offina also has the width of the upper scrobe margin, immediately posterior to the frontal lobe, much greater than in any other species of the complex. In offina it is about equal to the maximum width of the scape; distinctly narrower than the scape in all the others.

Two of the species, Strumigenys seynoka and Strumigenys amasara, have hypertrophied femoral glands on the middle and hind legs; the hind leg gland bulla in these is 0.33-0.50 X the length of the femur. These dimensions are not approached by any other member of the complex, where the femoral gland bullae are very small or absent. The two separate easily as amasara lacks femoral gland bullae on the forelegs and has evenly convex upper scrobe margins. In seynoka a large bulla occurs on the foreleg and the upper scrobe margin is flared outwards at nearly a right-angle in the vicinity of the eye.

Following the separation of the above species koningsbergeri is easily isolated. It has a strangely shaped head, reminiscent of the loriae-group, with very irregular dorsolateral margin that allow the preocular impression and all of the eye to be seen in full-face view. Also, the transverse impression across the posterior vertex is better developed in koningsbergeri, being broader and deeper here than in any other species of the complex.

Of the remaining five species two (Strumigenys blanda, Strumigenys perturba) are large, with the combined range of cephalic dimensions HL 0.81-0.96, HW 0.69-0.82. The final three species (Strumigenys ignota, Strumigenys vertigosa, Strumigenys strygax) average smaller, with the combined range HL 0.64-0.83, HW 0.54-0.71. The slight overlap between the bottom of the former range and the top of the latter is accounted for by a few large individuals of ignota. These can be distinguished from both blanda and perturba as the edges of the upper scrobe margins in ignota workers have a decidedly jagged appearance, bearing a row of conspicuously projecting small triangular teeth, from the apex of each of which a small curved hair arises. In the other two species the hairs may arise from minute irregular elevation s, but the margin does not appear toothed and is not jagged.

S. penurba and blanda are very closely related. The former has small but distinct oval gland bullae present near the dorsal apices of the middle and hind femora; the propodeal lamella is broad and in profile has a convex posterior (free) margin. In blanda femoral gland bullae are absent and the propodeal lamella is very narrow in profile and has a concave posterior (free) margin that closely parallels the shape of the edge of the declivity.

Among the final three species only ignota has visible gland bullae on the hind femora, absent in Strumigenys vertigosa and Strumigenys strygax. The last two species are separated mainly by differences of sculpture and relative dimensions, as detailed in the key, but also the outline shape of the propodeum is subtly different between the two. With the alitrunk in profile the propodeal dorsum in strygax slopes upward from the metanotal groove then downward toward the propodeal teeth, forming a marked obtusely angular hump in the outline of the anterior half of the sclerite. In venigosa the propodeal dorsum curves shallowly and more or less evenly from the metanotal groove so that there is no marked hump in the outline.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia (type locality), Malaysia, Philippines.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

Check data from AntWeb


Strumigenys were once thought to be rare. The development and increased use of litter sampling methods has led to the discovery of a tremendous diversity of species. Many species are specialized predators (e.g. see Strumigenys membranifera and Strumigenys louisianae). Collembola (springtails) and other tiny soil arthropods are typically favored prey. Species with long linear mandibles employ trap-jaws to sieze their stalked prey (see Dacetine trap-jaws). Larvae feed directly on insect prey brought to them by workers. Trophallaxis is rarely practiced. Most species live in the soil, leaf litter, decaying wood or opportunistically move into inhabitable cavities on or under the soil. Colonies are small, typically less than 100 individuals but in some species many hundreds. Moist warm habitats and micro-habitats are preferred. A few better known tramp and otherwise widely ranging species tolerate drier conditions. Foraging is often in the leaf litter and humus. Workers of many species rarely venture above ground or into exposed, open areas. Individuals are typically small, slow moving and cryptic in coloration. When disturbed individuals freeze and remain motionless. Males are not known for a large majority of species.




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

  • koningsbergeri. Strumigenys koningsbergeri Forel, 1905c: 9 (w.q.) INDONESIA (Java). See also: Bolton, 2000: 846.

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



Bolton (2000) - TL 2.5-3.0, HL 0.72-0.94, HW 0.61-0.86, CI 85-92, ML 0.32-0.42, MI 42-48, SL 0.39-0.47, SI 54-64, PW 0.29-0.36, AL 0.65-0.78 (20 measured).

With characters of koningsbergeri-complex. Preocular concavity extends onto ventral surface of head as a broad and deep transverse impression that almost reaches the midline. Dorsolateral margins of head weakly sinuate and subparallel from frontal lobes to about level of preocular impression, shallowly concave immediately above preocular impression, flared outward at nearly a right-angle just behind level of eye so that eye and preocular impression are visible in full-face view. Upper scrobe margins irregular but not jagged. Cephalic dorsum traversed from side to side by broad depression across posterior vertex. Pronotum without a pair of short standing hairs close to anterodorsal margin. Mesonotum with a single pair of erect hairs. Pleurae and side of propodeu m mostly to entirely unsculptured. Bullae of femoral glands vestigial or more commonly absent from middle and hind legs. Lamella on propodeal declivity conspicuous. Standing hairs on first gastral tergite simple or weakly flattened and expanded toward the apex.

Type Material

Bolton (2000) - Syntype workers and queens, INDONESIA: Java, Bogor ( = Buitenzorg), Tjompea, 1904 (K. Kraepelin) (Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève) [examined].


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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