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Genus: Paraponera   Smith, 1858 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Taxon Page Images:

Paraponera clavata Misahaullí, Napo, Ecuador. These are some of the largest ants in the world and are reputed for having the most painful sting among insects.
Image © Alex Wild.


   (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists)   Genus is native to: Neotropical bioregion (based on species list records).

Neotropical Region: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Paraponera   Mayr, G., 1862, Myrmecologische Studien., Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 12, pp. 649-776: 730-731, (download) 730-731 4445
Paraponera   Smith, F., 1858, Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae., London: British Museum, pp. -1--1: 100, (download) 100 8127

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