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Genus: Mesoponera   Emery, 1900 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 20 valid species, 6 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, 1994: 164; Bolton, 2003 PDF: 167.
Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014 10.11646/zootaxa.3817.1.1 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, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
    Asia: Borneo, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Yemen
    Oceania: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
  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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