Hypoponera Santschi

Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: 38

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Hypoponera Santschi


Genus Hypoponera Santschi  

This is a cosmopolitan genus of small predacious ants, nesting in soil and rotten wood. Four species are known from California, of which one ( Hypoponera   sp. CA­01) is apparently undescribed and not included in the keys cited below. It is similar to Hypoponera opacior (Forel)   from which it can be distinguished by the orange­brown body color (usually dark brown in California H. opacior   ), narrower head (CI 0.77­0.83, as opposed to 0.83­0.87 in H. opacior   ), and conspicuous standing pilosity on the venter of the head (such pilosity sparse in California populations of H. opacior   ).

Species identification: keys in Creighton (1950 a), Wheeler and Wheeler (1986g) and Mackay and Mackay (2002). Additional references: Delabie and Blard (2002), Duffield et al. (1976), Foitzik et al. (2002), Taylor (1967 a).