Lioponera bakeri

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Lioponera bakeri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Lioponera
Species: L. bakeri
Binomial name
Lioponera bakeri
(Wheeler, W.M. & Chapman, 1925)


Brown (1975) - The species described by Wheeler and Chapman as Lioponera bakeri must be similar to Lioponera pruinosa, judging from the size given (“4 millimeters”) and the very sketchy description, but the type of bakeri was apparently lost in the destruction of the Bureau of Science in Manila during World War II. The description of bakeri reads in part: “Node of petiole as long as high, from above square, truncated in front, transversely rounded behind,” which fits pruinosus passably well, as does “Densely punctured ... Covered with fine recumbent pile.” But “Hairs suberect, scattered, more abundant on scape and abdomen” apparently refers to a somewhat better developed standing pilosity than pruinosus has. Also, “Head coarsely rugose, finer on the remainder of the body,” does not apply to pruinosus. The bakeri type came from Basilan Island, and we shall probably have to await further samples from there before we find out what this species is really like. Incidentally, the bakeri scapes almost certainly do not reach “to the posterior occipital border;” their “fig. 17” shows instead that the authors probably meant to write that the scape reached the posterior border of the eye.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Philippines (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • bakeri. Lioponera bakeri Wheeler, W.M. & Chapman, 1925: 55, pl. 1, fig. 17 (w.) PHILIPPINES (Basilan I.).
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Philippines: Basilan (Baker).
    • Type-depository: unknown.
    • [Note: Brown, 1975: 72, says the holotype was apparently destroyed in World War II.]
    • Combination in Cerapachys: Brown, 1975: 22;
    • combination in Lioponera: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 163.
    • Status as species: Donisthorpe, 1939a: 255; Chapman & Capco, 1951: 21; Baltazar, 1966: 233; Brown, 1975: 22, 72; Bolton, 1995b: 142.
    • Distribution: Philippines (Basilan).



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec M. L. 2016. Generic revision of the ant subfamily Dorylinae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). ZooKeys 608: 1–280.
  • Brown W. L., Jr. 1975. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. V. Ponerinae, tribes Platythyreini, Cerapachyini, Cylindromyrmecini, Acanthostichini, and Aenictogitini. Search Agric. (Ithaca N. Y.) 5(1): 1-115.
  • Chapman, J.W. and S.R. Capco. 1951. Check list of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Asia. Monographs of the Institute of Science and Technology (Manila) 1: 1- 327