Most specimens have been collected from rainforest litter samples, with the few exceptions being those obtained from "stick brushings" and under a stone.
- 1 Identification
- 2 Distribution
- 3 Biology
- 4 Castes
- 5 Nomenclature
- 6 References
- 7 References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
Worker: Similar to the generally more southerly distributed Heteroponera leae. Salient differences are: (1) propodeal and petiolar denticles larger and more sharply acute; (2) reflexure of second gastral segment more pronounced – in side view the profile is less evenly arched than in H. leae, with a tightly curved median section; (3) first gastral tergite more-or-less evenly sculptured with coarse semi-foveate punctate-rugosity, the raised elements forming a somewhat longitudinally biased reticulum; (4) second gastral tergite similarly, but more finely punctate-rugose, the longitudinal component clearly evident, but much less well-developed than in H. leae; the whole more reticulate than in H. leae.
Queen: Appropriate characters consistent with those of the workers. Propodeal and petiolar spines a little less prominent. Gastral reflexure and sculpturation as in worker.
Identification Keys including this Taxon
Latitudinal Distribution Pattern
Latitudinal Range: -20.85° to -28.6°.
- Source: AntMaps
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
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Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.
Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.
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Numbers are the percentage of total samples containing this species.
The gyne was formerly alate, as evidenced by the presence of torn wing stubs. She thus resembles those described for the Neotropical species Heteroponera dentinodis and Heteroponera inermis. Some other species, like Heteroponera relicta and Heteroponera brounii, have wingless ergatoid queens with reduced mesosomal structure. Gamergate reproductives (mated workers) have not been reported for any Heteroponera species.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.
- crozieri. Heteroponera crozieri Taylor, 2011: 121, figs. 5-12 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA (Queensland, New South Wales).
- Type-material: holotype worker, 19 paratype workers, 1 paratype queen.
- Type-locality: holotype Australia: Queensland, 3 km. S Eungella (= Dalrymple Heights) (21°08’S, 148°30’E), 780 m., 23-24.x.1982, under stone (R.W. Taylor & P. Pamilo); paratypes: 1 worker with same data but 21.x.1975, 1 worker Queensland, Mt Macartney, Cathu State Forest, 20°51’s, 148°33’E, 750 m., 22.iv.1979, QM berlesate 54 (G.B. Monteith), 2 workers Queensland, Kroombit Tops, SSW Caliope-Beauty Spot, 98, 24°22’S, 150°59’E, 860 m., 29-30.ix.1985, QM berlesate 679 (G.B. Monteith), 9 workers Qld, Three Moon Scrub, 24°25’S, 151°03’E, 940 m., 29-30.ix.1985, QM berlesate 681 (G.B. Monteith), 2 workers Qld, Mt Cloonie foothills (28/152), 5.iv.1953 (T.E. Woodward), 1 worker Qld, Beechmont (28/153), 1.viii.1954 (T.E. Woodward), 2 workersQld, Binna Burra (Guest House area, 28/153), 10.vii.1952 (T.E. Woodward), 1 worker Qld, Canungra-Glen Witherin (“Curtis Farm”) (28/153), 9.ix.1979, QM berlesate 207 (G.B. Monteith), 1 queen New South Wales, Richmond Range SF 47A, Goanna Creek Road, 28°36’S, 152°41’E, 545 m., 4.ii.-9.iv.1993 (M. Gray & G. Cassis).
- Type-depositories: ANIC (holotype); AMSC, ANIC, MVMA, QMBA (paratypes).
- Distribution: Australia.
- Holotype, worker, 3km S of Eungella (= Dalrymple Heights), Queensland, Australia, Australian National Insect Collection; gold coated for SEM study.
- Paratype, workers, 3km S of Eungella (= Dalrymple Heights), Queensland, Australia, Australian National Insect Collection, Queensland Museum, Australian Museum, Museum Victoria, Melbourne.
- Paratype, 1 queen, 3km S of Eungella (= Dalrymple Heights), Queensland, Australia, Australian Museum.
Measurements and indices: (mm – holotype; smallest available worker specimen (Kroombit Tops), largest available worker specimen (Beechmont); gyne): TL (ca.): 5.5; 4.8, 5.6; 7.6. HW: 1.23; 1.08, 1.32; 1.55. HL: 1.24; 1.15, 1.30; 1.50. CI: 99; 94, 98; 103. EL: 0.17; 0.13, 0.20; 0.25. SL: 0.80; 0.68, 0.82; 0.87. SI: 65; 63, 62; 56. PW: 0.84; 0.71, 0.90; 1.24. WL: 1.64; 1.42, 1.72; 2.24. PetH: –; 0.62, 0.76; 0.93. PetW: 0.48; 0.42, 0.51; 0.71. GW: 1.14; 0.97, 1.26; 1.71.
Named for my late friend, colleague and frequent co-author Prof. R.H. (Ross) Crozier, formerly of James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland.
- Burwell, C.J., Nakamura, A. 2020. Rainforest ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) along an elevational gradient at Eungella in the Clarke Range, Central Queensland coast, Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 125: 43-63.
- Taylor, R.W. 2011. Australasian ants of the subfamily Heteroponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): (1) General introduction and review of the Heteroponera leae (Wheeler, 1923) species group, with descriptions of two new species. Myrmecological News. 15:117-123.
References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
- Taylor R. W. 2011. Australasian ants of the subfamily Heteroponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): (1) General introduction and review of the Heteroponera leae (Wheeler, 1923) species group, with descriptions of two new species. Myrmecological News 15: 117-123.