Lioponera nigra

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Lioponera nigra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Lioponera
Species: L. nigra
Binomial name
Lioponera nigra
(Santschi, 1914)


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Kenya (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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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.

  • nigra. Lioponera nigra Santschi, 1914b: 46 (m.) KENYA.
    • Type-material: holotype male.
    • Type-locality: Kenya (“Afrique orientale anglaise”): Molo, Mau escarpment, 2420 m., st. no. 19, xii.1911 (Ch. Alluaud & R. Jeannel).
    • Type-depository: NHMB.
    • Combination in Cerapachys: Brown, 1975: 23;
    • combination in Lioponera: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 164.
    • Status as species: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 757; Donisthorpe, 1939a: 255; Brown, 1975: 23; Bolton, 1995b: 144; Hita Garcia, et al. 2013: 201.
    • Distribution: Kenya.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 711-1004