Lioponera larvata

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

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Specimen labels



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -33.71527° to -41.35°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (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.

  • larvata. Phyracaces larvatus Wheeler, W.M. 1918a: 257, fig. 15 (w.) AUSTRALIA (New South Wales).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated, “numerous specimens from a single colony”).
    • Type-locality: Australia: New South Wales, Blue Mts, Katoomba, 19.ix.1914 (W.M. Wheeler).
    • Type-depository: MCZC.
    • Clark, 1924b: 83 (q.m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1964a: 69 (l.).
    • Combination in Cerapachys: Brown, 1975: 23;
    • combination in Lioponera: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 164.
    • Status as species: Clark, 1924b: 83; Clark, 1925a: 63; Brown, 1975: 23; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 26; Taylor, 1987a: 18; Bolton, 1995b: 143.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material



  • 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 23, Combination in Cerapachys)
  • Clark, J. 1924b. Australian Formicidae. J. Proc. R. Soc. West. Aust. 10: 75-89 (page 83, queen, male described)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1964a. The ant larvae of the subfamily Cerapachyinae: supplement. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 66: 65-71 (page 69, larva described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1918a. The Australian ants of the ponerine tribe Cerapachyini. Proc. Am. Acad. Arts Sci. 53: 215-265 (page 257, worker described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • CSIRO Collection
  • Clark J. 1925. The ants of Victoria. Part I. Victorian Naturalist (Melbourne) 42:58-64.
  • Robson Simon Ant Collection, 05-Sept-2014
  • Taylor R. W. 1987. A checklist of the ants of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Entomology Report 41: 1-92.
  • Taylor R. W., and D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2: 1-149. 
  • Ward P. S., and D. A. Downie. 2005. The ant subfamily Pseudomyrmecinae: phylogeny and evolution of big-eyed arboreal ants. Systematic Entomology 30: 310-335.