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Species: Prionopelta brocha   Wilson, 1958 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Prionopelta brocha Wilson, 1958c PDF: 147, fig. 7 (w.) NEW CALEDONIA. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

See also: Shattuck, 2008B PDF: 23.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Oceania: New Caledonia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Shattuck, S. O., 2008, Revision of the ant genus Prionopelta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Indo-Pacific region., Zootaxa 1846, pp. 21-34

Prionopelta brocha WilsonHNS

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Prionopelta brocha WilsonHNS, 1958: 147.

Type. Holotype worker from Mt. Nou, New Caledonia (MCZC, examined).

Diagnosis. Anterolateral corners of head, near mandibular insertions, each with a distinct, well developed tooth. Body size large, head width greater than 0.60mm.

Description. Anterolateral corners of head, near mandibular insertions, each with a distinct, well developed tooth. Dorsal pronotal sculpturing small foveae which are only slightly more dense than on the mesonotum and propodeum. Foveae on dorsum of propodeum uniformly distributed across its width. Lateral mesosomal sculpturing consisting of small foveae on pronotum and anterior and ventral region of mesopleuron, dorsal region of mesopleuron and majority of propodeum smooth. Fenestra present within subpetiolar process. Colour pale yellow.

Measurements. Worker (n=3). CI 81-86; HL 0.76-0.78; HW 0.62-0.67; ML 0.95-0.96; PetL 0.33; PetW 0.38-0.39; PI 113-120; SI 66-67; SL 0.41-0.44; T 1W 0.51-0.54.

Material examined. New Caledonia: Mt. Panie (Ward,P.S.) (ANIC); Pic d'Amou nr Poindimie (Kuschel,G.) (ANIC).

Comments. This species is the only member of the genus known to occur in New Caledonia. It can be immediately recognised by the presence of a large, distinctive tooth near each mandibular insertion. Workers have been found in leaf litter in a moss forest and in a dry, semi-deciduous native forest.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in Moss forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times Sifted litter.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times 78/255.

Elevations: collected from 450 - 750 meters, 600 meters average

Type specimens:

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