Overview of species Hypoponera punctatissima from AntWeb. Hypoponera punctatissima is a small brown ant with a functioning sting, a single substantial petiole and a constriction between the first and second segments of. Hypoponera punctatissima occurs widely across the Pacific Island region, but is mostly limited to forested habitat where it nests and forages in and around.

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Where records are known to be of H. Sobre formigues trobades en coves Hymenoptera, Formicidae. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. Hypopnera is possible that for that reason H.

There is some dispute as to whether this should be treated as a native species because it is most often come across in greenhouses and other permanently heated buildings but there is evidence for its presence years ago in northern Britain Seifert, and colonies have occasionally been discovered a long way from human habitation. Color brownish yellow to dark brown approaching black. The global distribution, biology and reasons for ecological success was reviewed by Delabie and Blard The subpetiolar process in Hypoponera lacks the anterior translucent fenestra or window and bilaterally paired small teeth that essentially characterize Ponera.

Rauden now Rudy, Opole Prov. This species, as with most Ponerini, is mainly carnivorous on small arthropods Collingwood Fauna Saudi Arabia 7: However, it has long been resident in North Europe and head capsules presumed to be of this species have been recorded from sewage mud deposited about years ago in North England.


Reasons for the ecological success of H. Waist single segmented; petiolar node subrectangular, about as wide as tall, broadly rounded apically, with numerous short, erect setae present anteriorly, dorsally, and posteriorly and glabrous and shiny laterally; subpetiolar process simple, rounded. BioRisk4 2 See How to Cite AntWeb. Biology This ant is a pantropical tramp, found worldwide outdoors in subtropical and tropical climates.

This specimen was verified by Bill Brown.

Pictorial key of the ants of Hawaii based on the worker forms. First published Florida record: Distribution Maps Top of page You can pan and zoom the map. Naturbuch Verlag, Augsburg, pp. Please consider upgrading your browser to the latest version or installing a new browser.

Hypoponera punctatissima

This species was also nesting directly in moist soil under a dead palm tree where organic materials are found. Overall coloration orangish-brown to brown, antennae and legs yellowish brown. The map therefore probably combines records for both species. The ants Hymenoptera, Formicidae of western Texas.

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Although Hypoponera punctatissima is considered an introduced species, it is not commonly regarded as a pest species, and little is known about the effects the species has on native biological diversity. Base of cinctus of second gastral tergite smooth and shining in dorsal view, without cross-ribs. Mandibles with strong teeth towards apex and numerous smaller denticles posteriorly. Biogeography, introduced speciesBrazil, Reunion Island. Ergatoid queens are very worker-like but have larger eyes usually 10 to about 20 ommatidia and a developed mesonotal-mesopleural suture that is absent in the worker.


Ponera androgyna Roger, Ponera punctatissima var. The tramp ant Hypoponera punctatissima Rogeralso known as Roger’s ant, hypoponsra reported as originated in western Europe McGlynn or Africa. Hypoponera punctatissimafull face view of a queen MS, Jackson Co.

Hypoonera often fly in large numbers, stinging when they land on human skin if they are touched, trapped under clothing, or stuck in sweat. In profile puncctatissima anterior margination of the mesopleuron rounded to very bluntly angular behind base of anterior coxa; without a prominent sharp angle or tooth. hypoponers

However, in the US, this species does not appear to be widespread or common, except in Florida where it is an occasional nuisance pest. Foraging behaviour Feeds on very small soil living arthropods. Author of profile M G Fox.

The key to the housefly-like success of H. Likely African in origin, but Central Asia has also been proposed.