family

FORMICIDAE

subfamily

Ponerinae

genus

Hypoponera


ITIS

 

Hypoponera nippona

Hymenoptera On-Line

 

Hypoponera nippona

FORMIS

 

Hypoponera nippona



species

Hypoponera nippona


Japanese Name

Higenaga-nise-hari-ari

Original Reference

Santschi, F. (1937) Fourmis du Japon et de Formose. Bulletin et Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 77: 361-388.

Synonym

Ponera nippona Sanstchi, 1937, Hypoponera nippona (Santschi): Ogata, 1987

Description

Total length of workers averaging slightly less than 2.5 mm. Body color yellow to yellowish brown. Eyes each a single facet, situated well away from posterior margin of clypeus (the distance from clypeus to anterior margin of eyes is more than 5 times the eye diameter). First gastral tergite twice as broad as petiole. Metanotum prominently and deeply constricted. Petiole broad and elliptical in posterior view.

Remarks

Some specimens formerly identified as H. excoecata are in fact this species. H. nippona is monogynous and monocalic. It nests in the soil and is rather rare. Reproductive alates are attracted to light and fly during late August in Kyoto.

Distribution

Honshu (the Kanto District and southwards), Shikoku, Kyushu, Nansei Is; Taiwan

References

  • Fourmis du Japon et de Formose. Bulletin et Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 77: 361-388.
  • Ogata, K. (1987). A generic synopsis of the poneroid complex of the family Formicidae in Japan. Part I. Subfamilies Ponerinae and Cerapachyinae. . Esakia, (25), 97-132.

Editor

Original text by Keiichi Onoyama and Mamoru Terayama. Revised by Masashi Yoshimura. English translation by Keiichi Onoyama, edited by Robert W. Taylor.