Lioponera vespula

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Lioponera vespula
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Lioponera
Species: L. vespula
Binomial name
Lioponera vespula
(Weber, 1949)

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Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -0.317° to -29.81667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Kenya (type locality), Uganda.

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.

  • vespula. Phyracaces vespula Weber, 1949a: 5, fig. 5 (w.) KENYA.
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 1 paratype worker.
    • Type-locality: holotype Kenya: central Kavirondo, 5000 ft, 17.ii.1948 (N.A. Weber); paratype with same data.
    • Type-depository: AMNH.
    • Combination in Cerapachys: Brown, 1975: 24;
    • combination in Lioponera: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 164.
    • Status as species: Brown, 1975: 24, 61; Bolton, 1995b: 145; Hita Garcia, et al. 2013: 201.
    • Senior synonym of cooperi Arnold: Brown, 1975: 24; Bolton, 1995b: 145.
    • Distribution: Kenya, South Africa.
  • cooperi. Phyracaces cooperi Arnold, 1915: 18 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: South Africa: Durban, Umgeni (C.B. Cooper).
    • Type-depositories: BMNH, SAMC.
    • Arnold, 1948: 213 (q.).
    • Status as species: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 756; Arnold, 1948: 213.
    • Junior synonym of vespula: Brown, 1975: 24; Bolton, 1995b: 142.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Arnold G. 1915. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part I. Ponerinae, Dorylinae. Annals of the South African Museum 14: 1-159.
  • Arnold G. 1948. New species of African Hymenoptera. No. 8. Occasional Papers of the National Museum of Southern Rhodesia 2: 213-250.
  • 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.
  • Weber N. A. 1949. New African ants of the genera Cerapachys, Phryacaces, and Simopone. American Museum Novitates 1396: 1-9.