Hypoponera tristis

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Hypoponera tristis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Hypoponera
Species: H. tristis
Binomial name
Hypoponera tristis
Bolton & Fisher, 2011

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Specimen Label

Only known from a few collections, nothing is known about the biology of Hypoponera tristis.

Identification

A member of the abeillei group. Very similar to Hypoponera segnis. See the nomenclature sections of segnis and Hypoponera dema for diagnostic characters.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Known from Rwanda and Uganda.


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 1.28° to -12.427°.

 
North
Temperate
North
Subtropical
Tropical South
Subtropical
South
Temperate

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Rwanda (type locality), Uganda.

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

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.

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Estimated Abundance

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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Biology

Hypoponera inhabit and nest in leaf litter, the surface layer of soil, downed rotten wood, and soil around plant roots. Nests are typically found by turning objects on the ground, like downed wood and rocks, or through the ripping away of bark found on rotting downed wood or at the base of dead trees. Litter samples in tropical areas, especially in moist forested sites, often contain individuals of this genus. All Hypoponera are thought to be predators of small arthropods but published details about their diet are sparse. A lack of information about other aspects of their biology is also typical for most species.

The genus is most diverse in the tropics. Species found in higher latitudes tend to be more widespread, common and abundant than their tropical and subtropical congeners.

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • tristis. Hypoponera tristis Bolton & Fisher, 2011: 110, figs. 124-126 (w.) RWANDA.

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

Description

Worker

(holotype in parentheses). Measurements: HL 0.67–0.79 (0.79), HW 0.54–0.60 (0.59), HS 0.615–0.695 (0.690), SL 0.46–0.56 (0.55), PrW 0.42–0.46 (0.46), WL 0.95–1.08 (1.03), HFL 0.48–0.58 (0.58), PeNL 0.21–0.24 (0.22), PeH 0.44–0.49 (0.48), PeNW 0.34–0.38 (0.36), PeS 0.340–0.367 (0.353) (10 measured). Indices: CI 75–80 (75), SI 88–93 (93), PeNI 77–85 (78), LPeI 46–50 (46), DPeI 152–170 (164).

Answers the description of Hypoponera segnis in all respects except for relative size of petiole. In segnis the petiole node is absolutely and relatively shorter in profile, PeNL 0.17–0.20 and LPeI 35–43, and is distinctly broader in dorsal view, with DPeI 180–211.

Paratype Specimen Labels

Type Material

Holotype worker (top specimen of three on pin), Rwanda: Kayove, 2100 m., 15.v.1973 (P. Werner) (Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève).

Paratypes. 8 workers with same data as holotype (MHNG, The Natural History Museum, California Academy of Sciences).

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bolton B. and B. L. Fisher. 2011. Taxonomy of Afrotropical and West Palaearctic ants of the ponerine genus Hypoponera Santschi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 2843: 1-118
  • Bolton, B., and B. L. Fisher. "Taxonomy of Afrotropical and West Palaearctic ants of the ponerine genus Hypoponera Santschi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)." Zootaxa 2843 (2012): 1-118.