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Species: Hypoponera molesta   Bolton & Fisher, 2011 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Hypoponera molesta Bolton & Fisher, 2011 PDF: 73, figs. 78-81 (w.q.) GABON. Afrotropic. Primary type information: Type-material: holotype worker. Type-locality: Gabon: Prov. Woleu-Ntem, 31.3 km. 108° ESE Minvoul, 2°04.8’N, 12°24.4’E, 600 m., 11.ii.1998, #1684(47)-4, sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), rainforest (B.L. Fisher). Type-depository: CASC. Secondary type information: Paratype-material: 6 paratype workers, 1 paratype queen. Paratype-locality: same data as holotype, all series #1684 but with individual pin codes. Paratype-depositories: BMNH, CASC. AntCat AntWiki HOL
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

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

Hypoponera molesta Bolton & FisherHNS sp. n. (Figs 79 – 81)

WORKER (holotype in parentheses). Measurements: HL 0.60 – 0.64 (0.60), HW 0.46 – 0.48 (0.48), HS 0.530 – 0.555 (0.540), SL 0.40 – 0.43 (0.40), PrW 0.36 – 0.38 (0.37), WL 0.80 – 0.84 (0.80), HFL 0.44 – 0.45 (0.44), PeNL 0.19 – 0.20 (0.20), PeH 0.39 – 0.42 (0.40), PeNW 0.34 – 0.36 (0.34), PeS 0.307 – 0.320 (0.313) (6 measured). Indices: CI 75 – 80 (80), SI 83 – 90 (83), PeNI 89 – 94 (92), LPeI 48 – 50 (50), DPeI 170 – 180 (170).

Eyes of 1 – 2 small, usually depigmented, ommatidia. Apex of scape, when laid straight back from its insertion, conspicuously fails to reach the midpoint of the posterior margin in full-face view; SL/HL 0.64 – 0.69. Pronotal dorsum superficially punctate, less densely sculptured than the finely reticulate-punctate cephalic dorsum. Metanotal groove absent from dorsum of mesosoma. Propodeum weakly marginate between declivity and side. Petiole in profile relatively stout, the node quite thick from front to back and with an almost flat to shallowly convex dorsum. In dorsal view the petiole node very broad and relatively long from front to back. Posterior surface of petiole node without cuticular ridges that radiate upward from the peduncle. Subpetiolar process with a blunt ventral angle. Maximum width of first gastral tergite in dorsal view greater than width of second gastral tergite at its midlength. Cross-ribs at base of cinctus of second gastral tergite distinct. Midline length of second gastral posttergite, from posterior margin of cinctus to apex, slightly less than the width of the segment at its midlength. Disc of second gastral tergite with sharply incised, small punctures that are separated by areas of glossy cuticle; the diameters of the punctures are distinctly less than the distances that separate them. First gastral tergite dorsally pubescent, and with numerous conspicuous standing setae that are clearly longer and more erect than the pubescence.

Holotype worker, Gabon: Prov. Woleu-Ntem, 31.3 km. 108° ESE Minvoul, 2°04.8 ’ N, 12°24.4 ’ E, 600 m., 11.ii.1998, #1684(47)-4, sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood) rainforest (B.L. Fisher) (CASC). Paratypes. 6 workers with same data as holotype but coded #1684(7)-3, #1684(9)-4, #1684(21)-4, #1684(23)-5, #1684(27)-6, #1684(28)-5; 1 dealate queen with same data but coded #1648(49)-7 (CASC, BMNH).

A discernible small eye is present in all the material examined, but given the variation elsewhere in the group it is possible that specimens without eyes may also occur. See the notes under demaHNS.

Non-paratypic material examined. Democratic Republic of Congo: Epulu (S.D. Torti).

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in rainforest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood).

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times MW 50 sample transect, 5m.

Elevations: collected at 600 m

Collect Date Range: collected on 1998-02-11 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Holotype of Hypoponera molesta: casent0218482; paratype of Hypoponera molesta: casent0218483, casent0218484, casent0218485, casent0218486, casent0218487, casent0218488, casent0902561

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