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Genus: Prionopelta   Mayr, 1866 


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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 25 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, 2012a doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033325 PDF: 16 (male diagnosis); Overson & Fisher, 2015 PDF: (Malagasy species revision, key); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 106 (brief male diagnosis); Fernández et al., 2019 PDF: 507 (Colombia species key); Ladino & Feitosa, 2020 PDF: 201 (Neotropical species revision, key).

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


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda
    Americas: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Venezuela
    Asia: Borneo, India, Indonesia, Krakatau Islands, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan
    Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Neotropical, Oceania

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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