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Genus: Drepanognathus   Smith, 1858 


Note: Not a Valid Taxon Name

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Drepanognathus Smith, 1858a PDF: 81. Type-species: Harpegnathos saltator, by subsequent designation of Bingham, 1903 PDF: 49. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

[Drepanognathus unnecessary replacement name for Harpegnathos Jerdon, 1851.]
Drepanognathus in Poneridae: Smith, 1858a PDF: 81.
Drepanognathus in Ponerinae: Mayr, 1862 PDF: 714 (in key) [Poneridae]; Mayr, 1865 PDF: 14 [Poneridae]; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 22 [Ponerinae].
[Note: Mayr, Dalla Torre, and Bingham give Drepanognathus as senior synonym, but Harpegnathos has priority.]
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  Geographic regions: Not found on any curated Geolocale/Taxon lists.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Smith, F., 1858, Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae., London: British Museum


HarpegnathosHNS, Jerdon, Madr. Journ. Lit. & Sci. 103 (1851) (nec Wesm. Col. 1834); Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 2nd ser. xiii. 100.

Head elongate; eyes lateral, large, ovate and placed forward on the head, touching the base of the mandibles; the mandibles one-third longer than the head, bent, and curving upwards; their inner edge serrated, armed beneath, near their base, with a stout tooth; the antennae placed forward on the head. Thorax twice the length of the head; the prothorax swollen at the sides, the sides of meso- and metathorax parallel. The peduncle incrassate; the apical margin of the first segment of the abdomen constricted.

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