Lioponera varians

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Lioponera varians
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Lioponera
Species: L. varians
Binomial name
Lioponera varians
(Clark, 1924)

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Specimen Labels


Heterick (2009) - Lioponera varians is a large-eyed species, of variable colouration, with a dorsolateral carina curving towards the eye.

Keys including this Species


Heterick (2009) - Specimens have mostly come from drier parts of the SWBP and the neighbouring Eremaean Botanical Province, in WA, but this species has also been recognised by the author among material collected from the Darling River region of NSW.

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -16.8608° to -30.54055°.

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.

  • varians. Phyracaces varians Clark, 1924b: 87, pl. 6, fig. 6 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Western Australia, Lion Mill (J. Clark).
    • Type-depository: MVMA.
    • Combination in Cerapachys: Brown, 1975: 24;
    • combination in Lioponera: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 164.
    • Status as species: Brown, 1975: 24; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 28; Taylor, 1987a: 19; Bolton, 1995b: 145; Heterick, 2009: 127.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material

  • Phyracaces varians Clark, 1924: Syntype, worker(s), Mount Helena (as Lion Mill), Western Australia, Australia, Museum Victoria, Melbourne.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Fisher J., L. Beames, B. J. Rangers, N. N. Rangers, J. Majer, and B. Heterick. 2014. Using ants to monitor changes within and surrounding the endangered Monsoon Vine Thickets of the tropical Dampier Peninsula, north Western Australia. Forest Ecology and Management 318: 78–90.
  • Heterick B. E. 2009. A guide to the ants of south-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 76: 1-206.