Heteroponera darlingtonorum

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Heteroponera darlingtonorum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Heteroponerinae
Genus: Heteroponera
Species group: relicta
Species complex: relicta
Species: H. darlingtonorum
Binomial name
Heteroponera darlingtonorum
Taylor, 2015

Specimens have been collected from rainforest, from both litter and soil.


Similar to Heteroponera relicta but with distinctively different sculpturation (compare Figs, notably the sculpture of the gastral dorsa). First and second gastral tergites moderately shining, but densely, finely point-punctate, with overlain, scattered, small, very weakly expressed foveate punctae on the first tergite. Bodily proportions and general structure, sculpturing of scrobes, propodeal declivity and node posteriorly as in H. relicta; Humeral epaulets similarly developed; propodeal dorsum in profile less strongly sloped posterodorsally; the declivity less strongly laterally margined and more narrowly triangular (apex dorsal).

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • darlingtonorum. Heteroponera darlingtonorum Taylor, 2015b: 163, figs. 14-17 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Queensland mainland, and Hinchinbrook I.).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 2 paratype workers.
    • Type-locality: holotype Australia: Queensland, ca 5 km. W Paluma (19°00’S, 146°12’E), 950 m., 12.viii.1971 (R.W. Taylor & J.D. Feehan); paratypes: 1 worker Queensland, 12 km. W Paluma, 3000 ft, 3.xi.1980, in soil beside log (B.B. Lowery), 1 worker Queensland, Bluewater Range, 600 m., 7.xii.1986, rainforest, sieved litter (G.B. Monteith & G.I. Thompson).
    • Type-depositories: ANIC (holotype); ANIC, QMBA (paratypes).
    • Distribution: Australia.

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



Taylor (2015) - (Holotype, Paluma paratype, Bluewater Range paratype): TL (ca): 4.5, 4.2, 4.3; HW: 1.14, 1.07, 1.09; HL: 1.09, 1.02, 1.04; CI:108, 106, 104; EL: 0.21, 0.20, 0.18; SL: 0.68, 0.63, 0.67; SI: 59, 58, 61; PW: 0.85, 0.77, 0.84; WL: 1.36, 1.28, 1.27; petH: 0.75, 0.69, 0.73; petW: 0.45, 0.44, 0.44; GW 0.92, 0.89, 0.89.

Type Material

AUSTRALIA: QUEENSLAND: 5 km W of Paluma (19°00'S, 146°12'E). Holotype, Australian National Insect Collection. Paratype, Queensland Museum.


Named for Philip J. Darlington Jr, his wife Elizabeth Koch Darlington and their son Philip Jr. In 1956–57 they pioneered modern concentrated large-scale insect taxonomic survey in Australia by spending eighteen months living in a field-truck collecting carabid beetles and other insects, including ants, for the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology (Darlington, 1960).


  • Taylor, R.W. 2015. Australasian ants of the subfamily Heteroponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): (2) the species-group of Heteroponera relicta (Wheeler) with descriptions of nine new species and observations on morphology, biogeography and phylogeny of the genus. Zootaxa 3947, 151-180. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3947.2.1