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Genus Hypoponera HNS Santschi, 1938

Hypoponera HNS Santschi, 1938: 79; Taylor, 1967:9, stat. n.

Type-species: Ponera abeillei Andre HNS , 1881.

Hypoponera HNS was split off by Santschi (1938) as a subgenus of Ponera HNS and was subsequently given full generic status by Taylor (1967). It is characterised by the one segmented maxillary palp and absence of ventral ornamentation on the petiole. The genus includes a large number of small hypogoeic species occurring throughout the tropics with four species in South Europe of which only one occurs north of latitude 47°.


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