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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Frontal lobes present Frontal lobes relatively narrow.

Hypoponera punctatissima Roger, Specimen labels. This cosmopolitan species is not considered to be economically important, but is considered to be an occasional stinging pest. It is a common introduced species in south and central Florida.

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They can be found on the ground or just under the soil surface and nest in leaf litter, rotten wood and the soil. This species was collected from moist soil and leaf litter under mango and date palm trees where the soil was rich in decaying organic pumctatissima.

Mackay and Mackay – Habitat. Males are ergatoid wingless and worker-like ; these can be distinguished by the presence of genitalia, and 13 antennal segments.

More often the species is detected by punctatisaima queens the males are ergatoid. Queens often fly in large numbers, stinging when they land on human skin if they are touched, trapped under clothing, or stuck in sweat. Hypoponera punctatissimafull face view of a queen MS, Jackson Co. Compounding the problem, H. Author of profile M G Fox. Minute punctulate sculpture of cephalic dorsum extremely fine and superficial. 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.


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Hypoponera punctatissima

However, colonies have been recorded outside in Puncgatissima, Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Finland from fermenting ;unctatissima dumps, waste tips, sawdust heaps and deep mines away from buildings.

Senior synonym of Hypoponera androgyna: Entomologist, Belknap Press, Harvard, p. Hypoponera punctatissima can be distinguished by 1 the petiolar node, which in profile is relatively shorter and higher LPeI 43—53 ; and 2 in dorsal view the petiolar node is relatively shorter from front to back, DPeI — This dispersal, in turn, leads to problems with puncttaissima alates.

Biology, impact, and control of introduced species, Boulder, Colorado, p. Diagnosis among workers of introduced and commonly intercepted ants in the United States.

Total length from 2. These males mate with alate queens that then disperse to find new areas to start colonies. The ants Hymenoptera, Formicidae of western Texas.

Species: Hypoponera punctatissima – AntWeb

Petiole narrowly attached to gaster; conspicuous posterior face. Mating takes place in the nest. However, in the US, this species does not hypoppnera to be widespread or common, except in Florida where it is an occasional nuisance pest. There are actually two morphs of flightless males in this species, but no winged males that anybody has seen.

Maximum width of first gastral tergite in dorsal view less than the width of the second tergite at its midlength. The Formicidae Hymenoptera of Fennoscandia and Denmark. In the southeastern United States H. They use their sting to prey on small invertebrates. Users are advised to closely examine the photographs presented here and on Antweb before assigning a species determination.


Winged queens leave the nest after mating to look for places to start new nests. It is most often collected from the leaf litter and rotting wood, and is often found in association with disturbed habitats such as gardens, plantations, and crop fields, in addition to buildings and hothouses in colder climates.

Low Hypoponera punctatissima occurs widely across the Pacific Island region, but is mostly limited to forested habitat where it nests and forages in and around rotting logs, soil and leaf litter. Status in Britain only Not regarded as scarce or threatened. Les fourmis Hymenoptera, Formicidae d’Europe occidentale et septentrionale. Hypoponera punctatissimalateral view of a queen MS, Jackson Co. It has an unusual flight period of November to February. However, the maintenance of permanent colonies of this ant in houses, greenhouses, and hospitals is much more recent, due to relatively constant temperature conditions in human settlements particularly since the Industrial Revolution.

Services on Demand Journal. The subpetiolar process in Hypoponera lacks the anterior translucent fenestra or window and bilaterally paired small teeth that essentially characterize Ponera.

Reasons for the ecological success of H. Frontal furrow continued as a fine line to near occipital margin. Catalogue des Formicides d’Europe. Overall coloration yellowish brown to dark brown. Antennae with 12 segments gradually broadening to an indefinite club; scapes do not reach posterior border of head.

Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, pp. The tendency for H. Serra IZUC [not seen].