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The tramp ant Hypoponera punctatissima (Roger) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae): new records from the Southern Hemisphere

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2002
Authors:J. H. C. Delabie, Blard F.
Journal:Neotropical Entomology
Date Published:Jan./Mar. 2002

The tramp ant Hypoponera punctatissima (Roger), mostly known from the Northern Hemisphere, is reported for the first time from South America in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil (22 degrees 43'S 44 degrees 08'W; 22 degrees 24'S 47 degrees 49'W), and Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean (20 degrees 10'S 55 degrees 3'E). H. punctatissima has the widest distribution within Formicidae, being present on many oceanic and continental islands and in all continental regions except Antarctica and the Orient. Reasons for the ecological success of H. punctatissima are discussed.

Alternate Journal:Neotrop. Entomol.
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