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Genus: Plectroctena   Smith, 1858 


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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 16 valid species

Plectroctena Smith, 1858a PDF: 101. Type-species: Plectroctena mandibularis, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Plectroctena in Poneridae: Smith, 1858a PDF: 101.
Plectroctena in Ponerinae: Mayr, 1862 PDF: 713 [Poneridae]; Mayr, 1865 PDF: 12 [Poneridae]; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 31.
Plectroctena in Ponerinae, Ponerini: Emery, 1895l PDF: 767; Wheeler, 1910a PDF: 135; Emery, 1911e PDF: 94 [subtribe Plectroctenini]; Arnold, 1915: 84; Forel, 1917 PDF: 238; Wheeler, 1922: 650; all subsequent authors.
Genus Plectroctena references
Roger, 1863b PDF: 19 (catalogue); Mayr, 1863a PDF: 442 (catalogue); Mayr, 1865 PDF: 12 (diagnosis); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 31 (catalogue); Emery, 1911e PDF: 94 (diagnosis, catalogue); Arnold, 1915: 84 (diagnosis, South Africa species); Wheeler, 1922: 85, 783, 785, 786 (diagnosis, Plectroctena, Myopias, Cacopone catalogues); Santschi, 1924a PDF: 172 (all species revision, key); Bolton, 1974c PDF: 309 (diagnosis, all species revision, key); Bolton, 1994: 164 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1052 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 337 (catalogue); Bolton & Brown, 2002 PDF: 11 (all species key); Bolton, 2003 PDF: 169 (synopsis); Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014 10.11646/zootaxa.3817.1.1 PDF: 174 (diagnosis, synoptic description, distribution, ecology and behavior, phylogenetic and taxonomic considerations); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 271 (brief male diagnosis)

Taxon Page Images:

A Plectroctena cristata forager poses with a millipede she has paralyzed. Kibale Forest, Uganda.
Image © Alex Wild. // Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Plectroctena   Wheeler, W. M., 1922, The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition., Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45, pp. 39-269: 85-87, (download) 85-87 20597
Plectroctena   Smith, F., 1858, Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae., London: British Museum, pp. -1--1: 101, (download) 101 8127

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