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Genus: Mesoponera   Emery, 1900 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Extant: 20 valid species, 7 valid subspecies

Mesoponera Emery, 1900: 668 [as subgenus of Euponera]. Type-species: Ponera melanaria, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

[Mesoponera also described as new by Emery, 1901b PDF: 43. Type-species not Ponera caffraria, unjustified subsequent designation by Emery, 1901b PDF: 43, repeated by Emery, 1911e PDF: 81, Wheeler, 1911g PDF: 167, Wheeler, 1922: 775, Donisthorpe, 1943g: 661, Wilson, 1958g PDF: 349; Kempf, 1972b PDF: 141, Bolton, 1973a PDF: 338; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 35.].
Mesoponera in Pachycondylinae, Pachycondylini: Ashmead, 1905c PDF: 382.
Mesoponera in Ponerinae, Ponerini: Emery, 1911e PDF: 80; all subsequent authors.
Mesoponera as junior synonym of Pachycondyla: Brown, 1973b PDF: 182 [provisional]; Snelling, 1981: 389; Hölldobler & Wilson, 1990: 11; Brown, in Bolton, 1994: 164; Bolton, 2003 PDF: 167.
Mesoponera revived from synonymy: Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014 PDF, 2014: 107.
Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014 PDF: 107 (diagnosis, synoptic description, distribution, ecology and behavior, phylogenetic and taxonomic considerations); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 264 (brief male diagnosis)

Taxon Page Images:


M. melanaria's nest kerala india

// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sudan
    Asia: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore
    Oceania: Australia, Papua New Guinea
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Palearctic
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Palearctic

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