Heteroponera viviennae

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Heteroponera viviennae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Heteroponerinae
Genus: Heteroponera
Species group: relicta
Species complex: relicta
Species: H. viviennae
Binomial name
Heteroponera viviennae
Taylor, 2015

Known only from the Cape Tribulation area. Most samples are of a single worker collected by Berlese funnel from rainforest leafmould or litter. Sympatric with the similarly bicolored Heteroponera rhodopygea at Roaring Meg Creek, and with Heteroponera rhodopygea and Heteroponera wilsoni in the Cape Tribulation area and at Mc Dowall Creek.


Identification Keys including this Taxon


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • viviennae. Heteroponera viviennae Taylor, 2015b: 167, figs. 22-25 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Queensland).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, paratype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: holotype Australia: Queensland, 1.5 km. E by N Mt Sorrow, -16 05, 145 27, 25.iii.1984, ANIC berlesate 945, rainforest, stoney slope (A. Calder & T.A. Weir); paratype workers with same data.
    • [Note: several other localities are also provided, all in the Cape Tribulation area, but there is no statement concerning which are paratypes, and no statement that all are paratypes; therefore only those from the type-locality are recorded here.]
    • Type-depositories: ANIC (holotype); ANIC, QMBA (paratypes).
    • Distribution: Australia.

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



Antennal scrobes smooth and shining with slight minute surface rippling. Propodeal declivity smooth and shining, the area reduced in size compared to other species, its borders barely raised; posterior face of petiolar node smooth and shining, merging above with the similarly unsculptured dorsum. Head relatively large and broad; eyes more protrusive in frontal view than in other species. Mesosoma relatively short and dorsally inflated—its profile with an almost semicircular dorsal arc in lateral view. Humeral epaulets well developed. Petiole relatively short and broad in lateral view, approximately as long as high, rounded above in profile. (Holotype; smallest available specimen, largest available specimen): TL (ca): 4.4, 4.4, 4.8; HW: 1.11, 1.07, 1.19; HL: 1.01, 0.99, 1.11; CI: 104, 108, 107; EL: 0.21, 0.20, 0.23; SL: 0.64, 0.62, 0.66; SI: 57, 58, 55; PW: 0.79, 0.74, 0.82; WL: 1.25, 1.25, 1.33; petH: 0.72, 0.65, -., petW: 0.45, 0.45, 0.49; GW 0.80, 0.77, 0.88.

Type Material

Australia: Queensland: 1.5km E by N of Mt Sorrow -16 05, 145 27. Holotype Australian National Insect Collection. Paratypes in ANIC, Queensland Museum.


Named for my late friend Vivienne Awford.


  • Taylor, R.W. 2015. Australasian ants of the subfamily Heteroponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): (2) the species-group of Heteroponera relicta (Wheeler) with descriptions of nine new species and observations on morphology, biogeography and phylogeny of the genus. Zootaxa. 3947:151-180. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3947.2.1