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Genus: Prionopelta   Mayr, 1866 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Extant: 22 valid species

Prionopelta Mayr, 1866a PDF: 503. Type-species: Prionopelta punctulata, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Prionopelta in Amblyoponinae: Forel, 1893b PDF: 162; Forel, 1895b PDF: 110 [Amblyoponeridae].
Prionopelta in Ponerinae, Amblyoponini: Emery, 1895l PDF: 766; Wheeler, 1910a PDF: 134; Brown, 1953c PDF: 11; Brown, 1960a: 173; all subsequent authors to the following.
Genus Prionopelta references
Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 15 (catalogue); Forel, 1909a PDF: 242 (New World species key); Emery, 1911e PDF: 32 (diagnosis, catalogue); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 26 (Asia checklist); Wilson, 1958c PDF: 146 (Melanesia species key); Brown, 1960a: 173, 218, 221 (review of genus, Neotropical species key, Indo-Australian species key); Kempf, 1972b PDF: 210 (Neotropical catalogue); Smith, 1979: 1335 (North America catalogue); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 39 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 64 (Australia & New Caledonia checklist); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1052 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 364 (catalogue); Shattuck, 1999: 201 (Australia synopsis); Shattuck, 2008B PDF: 22 (Indo-Pacific species revision, key); Arias-Penna, 2008A PDF: 48 (Neotropical species key); Yoshimura & Fisher, 2012 PDF: 16 (male diagnosis); Overson & Fisher, 2015 PDF: (Malagasy species revision, key); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 106 (brief male diagnosis)

Taxon Page Images:

Prionopelta humicola Kibale forest, Uganda.
Image © Alex Wild.


   (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists)   Genus is native to: Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Neotropical, Oceania bioregions (based on species list records).

Afrotropical Region: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda
Australasia Region: Australia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
Indomalaya Region: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
Malagasy Region: Madagascar, Seychelles
Nearctic Region: United States
Neotropical Region: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Venezuela
Oceania Region: Fiji, Micronesia, Palau, Samoa

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Prionopelta   Brown, W. L., 1950, Morphological, taxonomic and other notes on ants., Wasmann Journal of Biology 8, pp. 241-250: 243-244, (download) 243-244 2360
Prionopelta nov. gen  Mayr, G., 1866, Myrmecologische Beitraege., Sitzungsberichte der Koenigliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe 53, pp. 484-517: 20-21, (download) 20-21 4365

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