Ponera geometrica

Smith, F., 1857, Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects collected at Sarawak, Borneo; Mount Ophir, Malacca; and at Singapore, by A. R. Wallace., Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 2, pp. 42-88: 67-68

publication ID

2588

publication LSID

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persistent identifier

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scientific name

Ponera geometrica
status

 

8. Ponera geometrica  HNS  .

P. nigro-aenea; capite, thorace abdominisque basi profunde striatis, nodo spinis duabus acutis armato.

Worker. Length 5 lines. Black, with more or less of a bronze tint: the head longitudinally striated; the clypeus angulated in front; the mandibles ferruginous. Thorax: rounded anteriorly; the disk in front transversely striated, these striae encircled by others which pass round the sides and front; the thorax beyond with a striatum, which runs in an elongated oval direction, the sides obliquely striated; the legs very obscurely ferruginous. Abdomen: the node incrassate, rounded in front and above, truncated behind; the margin of the truncation deeply emarginate, the lateral angles of the emargination produced into long stout acute spines; the node with a curved striation, the curve being forwards; the first segment with a beautiful even curved striation; the apical segments smooth and shining, covered with a cinereous silky pubescence.

Hab. Singapore.

This species resembles the P. versicolor  HNS  , but is much more regularly and evenly striated; the striation on P. versicolor  HNS  is coarse and uneven, and directed differently on the thorax; the joints of the antennae in this species are also longer and more slender. T. C. Jerdon has described a striated species of Ponera  HNS  , but he says, " abdominal pedicle raised, pointing forwards with two small spines "- which does not agree with any of the insects here described.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Ponera