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Species: Mesoponera ambigua   (André, 1890) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Pachycondyla ambigua André, 1890 PDF: 316 (q.) SIERRA LEONE. Afrotropic. Primary type information: Sierra Leone, coll. Mocquerys; CASENT0101470; MNHN. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Combination in Euponera (Brachyponera): Emery, 1901b PDF: 47; in Pachycondyla: Brown, in Bolton, 1995b: 302; in Mesoponera: Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014 PDF: 110.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Angola, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda
    Asia: Saudi Arabia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Malagasy, Palearctic

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 148 times found in tropical dry forest, 49 times found in rainforest, 52 times found in Savannah grassland, 47 times found in gallery forest, 43 times found in spiny forest/thicket, 32 times found in Uapaca woodland, 28 times found in littoral rainforest, 30 times found in grassland, 20 times found in savannah woodland, 22 times found in tropical dry forest on Tsingy, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 140 times ex rotten log, 95 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 97 times under stone, 41 times ex soil, 43 times ground forager(s), 14 times under rotten log, 11 times ground nest, 12 times sifted litter, 7 times on low vegetation, 6 times on ground, 4 times under rootmat, litter on rock, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 41 times MW 50 sample transect, 5m, 23 times SD 20 digging sample transect, 10m, 22 times pitfall trap, PF 50 traps, 11 cm dbh with water, soap, formalin, nonlinear placement, 15 times MW 20 sample transect, 10m, 7 times MW 25 sample transect, 5m, 8 times 9 MaxiWinks, mixed samples, 9 times Malaise trap, 11 times pitfall trap, 4 times 10 MaxiWinks, mixed samples, 1 times 7 MaxiWinks, 1 times Malaise trap 4, ...

Elevations: collected from 5 - 1987 meters, 514 meters average

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