Key to Australian Ponera Species

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  • Body colour honey yellow to light brown => 2

 

  • Body colour dark brown to black => 3

 

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  • Metanotal groove present, the mesonotum and dorsal face of the propodeum separated by a suture or impression => 4

 

  • Metanotal groove completely absent, the mesonotum and dorsal face of the propodeum forming a single continuous surface => Ponera tenuis

 

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  • Head relatvely broad, head width greater than 0.50mm and cephalic index greater than 87 => Ponera selenophora

 

  • Head relatively narrow, head width less than 0.5mm and cephalic index less than 86 => Ponera clavicornis

 

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