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Species: Phrynoponera gabonensis   (André, 1892) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Bothroponera gabonensis André, 1892a PDF: 50 (w.) GABON. Afrotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Stitz, 1910: 130 (q.).
Combination in Pachycondyla (Bothroponera): Emery, 1901b PDF: 45; in Phrynoponera: Wheeler, 1920 PDF: 53.
Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 36; Stitz, 1910: 130; Emery, 1911e PDF: 76; Wheeler, 1922: 77, 773; Weber, 1943d PDF: 297; Brown, 1950g PDF: 246; Bolton, 1995b: 334; Bolton & Fisher, 2008B PDF: 43 (redescription).
Senior synonym of Phrynoponera heterodus: Brown, 1950g PDF: 247 (in text); Bolton & Fisher, 2008B PDF: 43.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Kakamega Forest


Caste of types: (w)

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Phrynoponera gabonensis   Bolton, B. & Fisher, B. L., 2008, The Afrotropical ponerine ant genus Phrynoponera Wheeler (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1892, pp. 35-52: 43-45, (download) 43-45 22424
Phrynoponera gabonensis   Brown, W. L., 1950, Morphological, taxonomic and other notes on ants., Wasmann Journal of Biology 8, pp. 241-250: 246, (download) 246 2360
Phrynoponera gabonensis   Wheeler, W. M., 1922, The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition., Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45, pp. 39-269: 76-77, (download) 76-77 20597

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 26 times found in rainforest, 3 times found in mature wet forest, 5 times found in primary forest, 3 times found in tropical wet forest, 3 times found in littoral rainforest, 3 times found in dans la foret, 2 times found in Shade coffee, 2 times found in Eucalyptus, 1 times found in Sotobosque, 1 times found in gallery forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 17 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 3 times ex sifted leaf litter, 2 times wet-rotten branch in leaf litter, 2 times sifted litter, 1 times sited within forest, 1 times sifted leaf litter, 1 times rotten log, 1 times On trees, 1 times on low vegetation, 1 times on ground, 1 times nocturnal foragers, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 16 times MW 50 sample transect, 5m, 6 times pitfall trap, PF bucket, 3 times Winkler, 4 times Tamisage, 2 times Pitfall trap, 2 times pitfall trap, PF 50 yogurt sample transect5m, 2 times Pitfall, Baits, Litter sieving/Winkler, Aspirator, 2 times Hand collected, 2 times hand collecting, 2 times Litter Sieving + Winkler, 1 times Winkler sifter, ...

Elevations: collected from 5 - 2500 meters, 961 meters average

Type specimens: syntype: casent0178601; syntype of Pachycondyla armata: casent0915282; syntype of Pachycondyla gabonensis robustior: casent0915283, rmcaent000017728

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