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Species: Brachyponera obscurans   (Walker, 1859) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Formica obscurans Walker, 1859 PDF: 372 (q.) SRI LANKA. Indomalaya. Primary type information: Type-material: holotype queen. Type-locality: Sri Lanka (“Ceylon”): (no further data) (F. Walker). Type-depository: BMNH. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Ponera: Donisthorpe, 1932b PDF: 575.
Combination in Pachycondyla: Brown, 1995a: 308.
[Note: record from Malaysia (Sabah) in Pfeiffer et al., 2011 PDF: 57 is probably a misidentification.]
// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Mauritius
    Asia: Borneo, China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka
    Oceania: Australia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy
  Native to (according to species list records):
    Australasia, Indomalaya bioregions

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 4 times found in rainforest, 3 times found in dry closed forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 3 times ex rotten log, 3 times litter, 2 times under stone, 2 times on soil, 2 times nest under stone, 2 times litter, non-weeded, 1 times under bark on ground, 1 times on bark, 1 times litter, weeded, 1 times ground forager(s), ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times 2 Maxi Winks, 3 times pitfall trap, 3-10, 3 times pitfall trap, 1-10, 3 times pitfall trap, 1-5, 2 times pitfall trap, 2-0, 2 times pitfall trap, 2-10, 2 times pitfall trap, 2-5, 2 times pitfall trap, 3-0, 2 times pitfall trap, 3-5, 2 times pitfall trap, 1-0, 1 times pitfall trap, 1-5, non-weeded, ...

Elevations: collected from 13 - 377 meters, 280 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1947-10-24 00:00:00.0 and 2007-05-20 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Holotype of Formica obscurans: casent0902498; paratype of Brachyponera mameti: casent0902495

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