Parvaponera cavimaculata

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Parvaponera cavimaculata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Parvaponera
Species: P. cavimaculata
Binomial name
Parvaponera cavimaculata
(Wang, W. & Zhao, 2009)

This little-known species was described from China.


Identification is based on the original description:

Parvaponera cavimaculata original description.jpg


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • cavimaculata. Pachycondyla cavimaculata Wang, W. & Zhao, 2009: 47, fig. 3-16 (w.) CHINA. Combination in Parvaponera: Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 200.


See Identification above.

Taxonomic Changes

  • Placed in Parvaponera by Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 200.

Taxonomic Discussion

This species was originally described in Pachycondyla, which was an appropriate placement at the time. In their generic-level revision of the subfamily Ponerinae, Schmidt & Shattuck (2014) transferred it to the newly established genus Parvaponera. They did not examine type material but based their transfer on the original description. Specifically:

  • The distribution is within the known range of other Parvaponera species.
  • The original description mentions Parvaponera darwinii, the type species of Parvaponera.
  • The figure provided with the original description matches Parvaponera species more closely than species placed in other ponerine genera.

However, until reliably identified material is studied the generic placement of this species should be treated as preliminary.


  • Wang, W. & Zhao, Y. 2009. A taxonomic study on the family Formicidae from Hubei Province: 210 pp. Huayu Nature Book Trade, China.
  • Schmidt, C.A. & Shattuck, S.O. 2014. The higher classification of the ant subfamily Ponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), with a review of ponerine ecology and behavior. Zootaxa. 3817, 1–242 (doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3817.1.1)