Key to Mediterranean Hypoponera species

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This key is based on specimens and was initially created by Xavier Espadaler and Kiko Gómez for


  • Mesoporopodeal suture only faintly demarcated. Colour bright to greyish yellow .....Hypoponera abeillei

Sutura mesopropodeal solo ligramente indicada. Color amarillo claro a amarillo grisáceo

Hypoponera abeillei mesosoma lateral view
Hypoponera abeillei casent0915488 p 1 high.jpg
  • Mesoporopodeal suture cleraly demarcated. Colour from yellow to almost black depending on the species .....2

Sutura mesopropodeal claramente indicada y plenamente distinguible. Color de amarillo a castaño oscuro según la especie

Hypoponera punctatissima mesosoma lateral view


return to couplet .....1

  • Frontal suture does not continue as a thin line until the occiptal border. Scape reaching that border. Colour dark brown to almost black .....Hypoponera eduardi

Surco frontal no continúa como una linea hasta el borde occipital. El escapo alcanza dicho borde. Color castaño oscuro a casi negro

Hypoponera eduardi casent0172333 profile 1.jpg
  • Frontal suture continues as a thin line until the occiptal border. Scape shorter, not reaching the occipital border. Colour from yellow to dark brown depending on the species .....3

Surco frontal continúa como una linea fina hasta el borde occipital. Escapo más corto, claramente no alcanza el borde occipital. Color de amarillo castaño oscuro según la especie


return to couplet .....2

  • Colour yellow to bright brown. Head in dorsal view elongated, with parallel sides .....Hypoponera ragusai

Color amarillento a castaño claro. Cabeza en vista superior de aspecto alargado con los laterales paralelos

Hypoponera ragusai casent0102273 profile 1.jpg

Color castaño a castaño oscuro. Cabeza en vista superior con los laterales curvados

Hypoponera punctatissima side CAS0172336.jpg