Lioponera nkomoensis

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Lioponera nkomoensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Lioponera
Species: L. nkomoensis
Binomial name
Lioponera nkomoensis
(Forel, 1916)

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Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -0.317° to -0.317°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Democratic Republic of Congo (type locality), Kenya.

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.

  • nkomoensis. Phyracaces nkomoensis Forel, 1916: 400 (w.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Democratic Republic of Congo (“Congo”): St Gabriel (H. Kohl).
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • Combination in Cerapachys: Brown, 1975: 23;
    • combination in Lioponera: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 164.
    • Status as species: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 757; Brown, 1975: 23, 61; Bolton, 1995b: 144; Hita Garcia, et al. 2013: 201.
    • Senior synonym of congolensis: Brown, 1975: 23; Bolton, 1995b: 144.
    • Senior synonym of eidmanni: Brown, 1975: 23; Bolton, 1995b: 144.
    • Distribution: Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria.
  • congolensis. Phyracaces cooperi r. congolensis Forel, 1916: 401 (w.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Democratic Republic of Congo (“Congo”): St Gabriel (H. Kohl).
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • Subspecies of cooperi: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 757.
    • Junior synonym of nkomoensis: Brown, 1975: 23; Bolton, 1995b: 142.
  • eidmanni. Phyracaces eidmanni Menozzi, 1942: 165 (w.) EQUATORIAL GUINEA (Bioko I.).
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Equatorial Guinea (“Spanish Guinea”): Fernando Po I. (= Bioko I.) (H. Eidmann).
    • Type-depository: NHMB.
    • [Also given as new in Eidmann, 1944: 429.]
    • Junior synonym of nkomoensis: Brown, 1975: 23; Bolton, 1995b: 143.



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.
  • Dejean A., J. L. Durand, and B. Bolton. 1996. Ants inhabiting Cubitermes termitaries in African rain forest. Biotropica 28(4): 701-713.
  • Eidmann H. 1944. Die Ameisenfauna von Fernando Poo. 27. Beitrag zu den Ergebnissen der Westafrika-Expedition. Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Ökol. Geogr. Tiere 76: 413-490.
  • Hita Garcia F., E. Wiesel, G. Fischer. 2013. The ants of Kenya (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)—faunal overview, first species checklist, bibliography, accounts for all genera, and discussion on taxonomy and zoogeography. Journal of East African Natural History 101: 127-222.
  • Menozzi C. 1942. Formiche dell'isola Fernando Poo e del territorio del Rio Muni (Guinea Spagnola). 24. Beitrag zu den wissenschaftlichen Ergebnissen der Forschungsreise H. Eidmann nach Spanisch-Guinea 1939 bis 1940. Zoologischer Anzeiger 140: 164-182.
  • Ross S. R. P. J., F. Hita Garcia, G. Fischer, and M. K. Peters. 2018. Selective logging intensity in an East African rain forest predicts reductions in ant diversity. Biotropica 1-11.
  • 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