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Genus: Brachyponera   Emery, 1900 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 18 valid species, 5 valid subspecies

Brachyponera Emery, 1900b PDF: 315 [as subgenus of Euponera]. Type-subspecies: Euponera luteipes croceicornis, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

[Brachyponera also described as new by Emery, 1901b PDF: 43.]
Type-species not Ponera sennaarensis Mayr, 1862: unjustified subsequent designation by Emery, 1901b PDF: 43; repeated by Emery, 1911e PDF: 84; Wheeler, 1911g PDF: 160; Wheeler, 1922: 777; Donisthorpe, 1943g: 628; Smith, 1943e PDF: 282; Smith, 1951c PDF: 785; Brown, 1958h PDF: 21; Wilson, 1958g PDF: 346; Bolton, 1973a PDF: 335; Smith, 1979: 1341; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 23.]
Brachyponera in Ponerinae, Ponerini: Emery, 1911e PDF: 83; Forel, 1917 PDF: 237 [subtribe Pachycondylini]; subsequent authors.
Brachyponera as junior synonym of Pachycondyla: Snelling, 1981: 389 [provisional]; Brown, 1994: 164; Bolton, 1995b: 22; Bolton, 2003 PDF: 167; MacKay & MacKay, 2010 PDF: 3.
Genus Brachyponera catalogues
Emery, 1901b PDF: 47; Emery, 1911e PDF: 83 (Euponera (Brachyponera)); Wheeler, 1922: 777 (Afrotropical Euponera (Brachyponera)); Smith, 1951c PDF: 785 (North America); Smith, 1979: 1341 (North America); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 23 (Australia); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 9 (Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand); Bolton, 1995b: 302 (as part of Pachycondyla); Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014 10.11646/zootaxa.3817.1.1 PDF: 80 (species checklist); Fisher & Bolton, 2016: 221 (Afrotropical, Malagasy checklist).
Genus Brachyponera references
Bingham, 1903 PDF: 101 (India, Sri Lanka, Burma species keys); Emery, 1911e PDF: 83 (Euponera (Brachyponera) diagnosis); Arnold, 1915: 72 (South Africa Euponera (Brachyponera)); Creighton, 1950a PDF: 45 (Nearctic Euponera (Brachyponera) species key); Brown, 1958h PDF: 21 (New Zealand Brachyponera); Wilson, 1958g PDF: 346 (Melanesia Brachyponera species key); Ogata, 1987a PDF: 116 (diagnosis, Japan); Morisita et al., 1989: 19 (Japan Brachyponera species); Xu, 1994b PDF: 182 (China Brachyponera species key); Yamane, 2007 PDF: 652 (Pachycondyla nigrita species group key); Eguchi et al., 2014 10.11646/zootaxa.3860.1.1 PDF: 27 (diagnosis, Vietnam synopsis); Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014 10.11646/zootaxa.3817.1.1 PDF: 77 (diagnosis, synopsis); Fisher & Bolton, 2016: 220 (diagnosis); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 254 (brief male diagnosis); Richter et al., 2020 10.26049/ASP78-1-2020-06 PDF: 133 (cranial anatomy)
Genus Brachyponera references note
Some Brachyponera references are listed under Pachycondyla, sensu lato.
// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe
    Americas: United States
    Asia: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Borneo, Cambodia, China, Christmas Island, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Krakatau Islands, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicobar Island, North Korea, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen
    Europe: Russia
    Oceania: Australia, Micronesia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Nearctic, Oceania, Palearctic
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Oceania, Palearctic

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