Cryptopone arabica

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Cryptopone arabica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Cryptopone
Species: C. arabica
Binomial name
Cryptopone arabica
Collingwood & Agosti, 1996

Nothing is known about the biology of Cryptopone arabica.


Collingwood and Agosti (1996) - This species differs from the South European Cryptopone ochracea by the longer multidentate mandibles and overall larger body size.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Yemen (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • arabica. Cryptopone arabica Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 310 (w.) YEMEN. Combination in Pachycondyla: Mackay & Mackay, 2010: 3 (by implication as Cryptopone synonymised with Pachycondyla); in Cryptopone: Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 185.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Holotype: TL 3.2; HL 1.12; HW 1.02; SL 0.86; EL 0.11 (eyes with 12 ommatidia).

Head: long, almost straight-sided with the broadest part at the occiput which is incavate; eyes placed anteriorly well below the midline and visible in dorsal view; frontal furrow continued as a fine line to the occipital border; mandibles with a distinct dorsolateral pit, long and curved, with 12 denticles and a large apical tooth; length from apex to clypeal border 0.42, measured along outer moderately curved edge 0.60. Frontal laminae expanded laterally, concealing antennal insertions. Scapes broadening to apex, just reaching the occipital margin when laid back.

Alitrunk: metanotal suture well developed forming a clear break dorsally between mesonotum and propodeum; promesonotal suture also visible but not breaking dorsal outline of alitrunk. Petiole squamiform with a strongly developed ventral tooth. All tibiae with one large pectinate spur and one smaller simple spur about half the length of the other. Tarsal claws simple. Whole body including head and gaster covered in pale decumbent pubescence not obscuring the underlying dilute body sculpture so that the general appearance is shining. Four to five short suberect hairs are visible on each side of the head in dorsal view with two longer hairs at the lateral clypeal corners.

Type Material

Holotype: worker, Yemen, Wadi Bani, 20.III.1993, CA. Collingwood. - Paratypes: workers, same series as holotype.