Hypoponera sauteri

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Hypoponera sauteri



Hypoponera sauteri


Hypoponera sauteri

Japanese Name


Original Reference

Onoyama, K. (1989) Notes on the ants of the genus Hypoponera in Japan. Edaphologia 41: 1-10.


Ponera Gleadowi R. decipiens v. Sauteri Forel, 1912, Not Ponera excoecata: Wheeler, 1928, Ponera excoecata Wheeler, 1928, Hypoponera excoecata? : Onoyama, 1976, Hypoponera sauteri Onoyama, 1989, Hypoponera exoecata [sic]: Bolton, 1995,


Total length of workers around 2 mm. Body color pale yellow to yellowish brown. Eyes each a single unpigmented facet, situated away from the posterior clypeal border (distance from clypeus to anterior margin of eyes 4 - 5 times eye diameter). Subpetiolar process rounded posteroventrally, without lateral carinae. The female is a little larger than the worker.


H. sauteri was designated "Hypoponera sp. 5" in "A List of the Ants of Japan with Common Japanese Names" (Myrmecological Society of Japan Editorial Committee,1988). Most of the Japanese ants formerly identified as H. excoecata are in fact this species (H. excoecata was originally described from China; none of its former records from Japan are now considered valid). It nests under stones, in rotting logs and in the soil, especially the humus layer. Common at many places in Japan.


Hokkaido (Okushiti-to I.), Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, Tsushima I., Nansei Is; Korera, Taiwan.


  • Onoyama, K. (1989). Notes on the ants of the genus Hypoponera in Japan (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). . Edaphologia, (42).
  • H. Sauter's Formosa-Ausbeute: Formicidae. Entomologische Mitteilungen 1: 45-81.
  • Wheeler, W. M. (1928). Ants collected by Professor F. Silvestri in Japan and Korea. . Boll. Lab. Zool. Gen. Agrar. Portici, 21, 96-125.
  • Onoyama, K. (1976). A preliminary study of the ant fauna of Okinawa-Ken, with taxonomic notes. (Japan: Hymenoptera: Formicidae). . Ecol. Stud. Nat. Cons. Ryukyu Isl., 2, 121-141.
  • Myrmecological Society of Japan, Editorial Committee (ed.) (Ed.). (1988). A list of the ants of Japan with common Japanese names. The Myrmecological Society of Japan, Tokyo.
  • Bolton, B. (1995). A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. 504 pp. Harvard University Press.


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