Loboponera obeliscata

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Loboponera obeliscata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Loboponera
Species: L. obeliscata
Binomial name
Loboponera obeliscata
Bolton & Brown, 2002

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Specimen labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Loboponera obeliscata.


Bolton & Brown (2002) - A member of the obeliscata species group. Closest related to Loboponera politula but easily distinguished by the unique shape of the petiole node.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Gabon, Ghana (type locality), Ivory Coast.

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.

  • obeliscata. Loboponera obeliscata Bolton & Brown, 2002: 5, figs. 3, 4 (w.) GHANA.

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



Holotype. TL 5.6, HL 1.13, HW 1.00, CI 88, SL 0.97, SI 97, AL 1.64. Paratype. TL 5.7, HL 1.14, HW 1.00, CI 88, SL 1.00, SI 100, AL 1.72. Characters of obeliscata group and the following. Eye minute and difficult to see, scarcely larger than one of the adjacent foveolate punctures; maximum diameter 0.04. Scape when laid back in full-face view reaches occipital margin. Small lobe at anterolateral angle of clypeus distinctly prominent. Propodeal lamella broad at sides, narrowing near dorsal angle and thinly continued onto dorsum but narrowed medially or with a mid-dorsal gap. Propodeal declivity finely transversely striate. Petiole in profile with anterior and posterior margins more or less parallel and with the dorsal surface extended medially into a high subpyramidal blunt point; in posterior view the sides slope steeply upward to a pointed apex. First gastral tergite in profile with its anterior face distinctly inclined posteriorly from top to bottom, in dorsal view overhanging the helcium.

Type Material

Holotype worker, Ghana: Tafo, 9.ix.1966, ant ecology sample 251 (D. Leston) (The Natural History Museum). Paratype. 1 worker with same data as holotype (Museum of Comparative Zoology).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bolton B., and W. L. Brown Jr. 2002. Loboponera gen. n. and a review of the Afrotropical Plectroctena genus group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bulletin of the Natural History Museum. Entomology Series 71: 1-18.
  • Yeo K., S. Konate, S. Tiho, and S. K. Camara. 2011. Impacts of land use types on ant communities in a tropical forest margin (Oumé - Cote d'Ivoire). African Journal of Agricultural Research 6(2): 260-274.