Lioponera ficosa

AntWiki: The Ants --- Online
Lioponera ficosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Lioponera
Species: L. ficosa
Binomial name
Lioponera ficosa
(Wheeler, W.M., 1918)

Cerapachys ficosus casent0217386 p 1 high.jpg

Cerapachys ficosus casent0217386 d 1 high.jpg

Specimen Labels



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -32.5° to -37.232674°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

Check data from AntWeb

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.



Images from AntWeb

Cerapachys ficosus casent0249294 h 1 high.jpgCerapachys ficosus casent0249294 d 1 high.jpgCerapachys ficosus casent0249294 p 1 high.jpgCerapachys ficosus casent0249294 l 1 high.jpg
Worker. Specimen code casent0249294. Photographer Estella Ortega, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by PSWC, Philip S. Ward Collection.


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

  • ficosa. Phyracaces ficosus Wheeler, W.M. 1918a: 252, fig. 12 (w.) AUSTRALIA (New South Wales).
    • Type-material: 12 syntype workers.
    • Type-locality: Australia: New South Wales, Bulli Pass, 4.xii.1914 (W.M. Wheeler).
    • Type-depository: MCZC.
    • Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1973d: 205 (l.).
    • Combination in Cerapachys: Brown, 1975: 22;
    • combination in Lioponera: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 163.
    • Status as species: Brown, 1975: 22, 66; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 25; Taylor, 1987a: 17; Bolton, 1995b: 143.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material

Original notes (Wheeler, 1918): Described from a dozen specimens taken Dec. 4, 1914 in the Bulli Pass, New South Wales. They were running over the sand in a loose file, carrying the nude pupae of a Myrmicine ant whose nest they had just plundered.



  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 143, catalogue)
  • Borowiec, M.L. 2016. Generic revision of the ant subfamily Dorylinae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). ZooKeys 608: 1-280 (doi: 10.3897/zookeys.608.9427).
  • 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: 1-115 (page 22, Combination in Cerapachys)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1973d. Supplementary studies on ant larvae: Cerapachyinae, Pseudomyrmecinae and Myrmicinae. Psyche (Camb.) 80: 204-211 (page 205, larva described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1918a. The Australian ants of the ponerine tribe Cerapachyini. Proc. Am. Acad. Arts Sci. 53: 215-265 (page 252, worker described)