Mesoponera papuana

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Mesoponera papuana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Mesoponera
Species: M. papuana
Binomial name
Mesoponera papuana
(Viehmeyer, 1914)

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea (type locality), Solomon Islands.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • papuana. Euponera (Mesoponera) papuana Viehmeyer, 1914d: 608 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Combination in Mesoponera: Wilson, 1958d: 350; in Pachycondyla: Brown, in Bolton, 1995b: 308; in Mesoponera: Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 111. Subspecies of melanaria: Viehmeyer, 1924a: 228. Revived status as species: Wilson, 1958d: 350. Senior synonym of pulchella, viehmeyeri: Wilson, 1958d: 350. See also: Mann, 1919: 290.
  • pulchella. Euponera (Mesoponera) pulchella Donisthorpe, 1941c: 133 (w.q.) NEW GUINEA. Junior synonym of papuana: Wilson, 1958d: 350.
  • viehmeyeri. Euponera (Mesoponera) viehmeyeri Donisthorpe, 1948g: 132 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Junior synonym of papuana: Wilson, 1958d: 350.



  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1995a. [Untitled. Taxonomic changes in Pachycondyla attributed to Brown.] Pp. 302-311 in: Bolton, B. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 308, Combination in Pachycondyla)
  • Mann, W. M. 1919. The ants of the British Solomon Islands. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 63: 273-391 (page 290, see also)
  • Schmidt, C.A. & Shattuck, S.O. 2014. The higher classification of the ant subfamily Ponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), with a review of ponerine ecology and behavior. Zootaxa 3817, 1–242 (doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3817.1.1).
  • Viehmeyer, H. 1914d. Mayr's Gattung Ischnomyrmex (Hym.) nebst Beschreibung einiger neuer Arten aus anderen Gattungen. Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Geogr. Biol. Tiere 37: 601-612 (page 608, worker described)
  • Viehmeyer, H. 1924b. Formiciden der australischen Faunenregion. Entomol. Mitt. 13: 219-229 (page 228, Subspecies of melanaria)
  • Wilson, E. O. 1958g. Studies on the ant fauna of Melanesia III. Rhytidoponera in western Melanesia and the Moluccas. IV. The tribe Ponerini. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 119: 303-371 (page 350, Combination in Mesoponera, Revived status as species, and senior synonym of pulchella and viehmeyeri)