Lioponera collingwoodi

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Lioponera collingwoodi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Lioponera
Species: L. collingwoodi
Binomial name
Lioponera collingwoodi
(Sharaf, 2007)

Cerapachys collingwoodi pro.png

Described and known from a single male holotype. It was collected from leaf litter.



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 31.266667° to 31.266667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Egypt (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.




Known only from the male caste.


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

  • collingwoodi. Cerapachys collingwoodi Sharaf, in Fadl et al. 2007: 237, figs. 1, 2 (m.) EGYPT.
    • Type-material: holotype male.
    • Type-locality: Egypt: Port Said, 26.viii.2003 (M.R. Sharaf).
    • Type-depository: EESC.
    • Combination in Lioponera: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 163.
    • Status as species: Borowiec, L. 2014: 62.
    • Distribution: Egypt.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Holotype: TL:3.12; HL:0.55; HW:0.55; SL:0.27; SI:50; EL:0.27; AL:0.77; AW:0.4; PL:0.3; PW:0.32; CI:100

Diagnosis: Head, alitrunk, petiole and appendages reddish brown, gaster blackish brown. Head smooth and shining, as long as broad, with many scattered long hairs and strongly curved sides; antennae 13-segmented, with raised antennal sockets; scapes short, thin, near antennal sockets and more thick at its end, all the antennae with dense short hairs and pubescence; mandibles triangular, articulated at corners of anterior margin of head, armed with 11 reduced teeth and provided with many long hairs; eyes very large, occupying about half of head length; ocelli present; occiput convex.

Alitrunk box-like, smooth and shining, with abundant long and short hairs and without distinct sutures, only the promesonotal one distinct on the pleuron to the prospiracle; the dorsal face of propodeum descending abruptly to its declivity. Petiole nearly as long as broad, with abundant pubescence and long hairs directed backwards and a free posterior face; petiole dorsum convex.

Gaster smooth and shining with very faint reticulate pattern; the first and the second gastral tergites with a distinct constriction which is transversely striated; the first gastral tergite with abundant pale pubescence and a row of long hairs at its posterior margin while the remaining gastral segments with abundant long hairs; pygidium armed with a row of denticles; hypopygium armed with 2 lateral relatively long teeth and another reduced median one.

Type Material


This species is named after the British ant taxonomist Mr. Cedric A. Collingwood who examined the specimen and determined its taxonomic status and recommended its description.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Fadl H., R. F. Bakr, and R. M. Badawy. 2007. Six new species of ants (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Egypt. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of the Entomological Society of Egypt 2: 235-249.
  • Fadl, H., R. F. Bakr, M. Bawady, and M. R. Sharaf. "Six new species of ants (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Egypt." In Proceedings of the Second International Conference of Economic Entomology, 235-249. Vol. 1. Cairo: Entomological Society of Egypt, 2007.