Phrynoponera bequaerti

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Phrynoponera bequaerti
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Phrynoponera
Species: P. bequaerti
Binomial name
Phrynoponera bequaerti
Wheeler, W.M., 1922

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Specimen labels

The vast majority of the material examined was extracted from leaf litter samples, though occasional samples from rotten wood have been recorded. Unlike Phrynoponera gabonensis and Phrynoponera sveni, bequaerti has not been found in termitaries. (Bolton and Fisher 2008)


Almost as common and widespread as Phrynoponera gabonensis and by far the smallest species in the genus, bequaerti is easily recognised by its size, lack of clypeal teeth and short, broad funicular segments. (Bolton and Fisher 2008)

Keys including this Species


Ghana, Cameroun, Gabon, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • bequaerti. Phrynoponera bequaerti Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 79, fig. 12 (q.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Bolton & Fisher, 2008b: 41 (w.).

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Bolton and Fisher (2008) - (previously undescribed). TL 5.0-5.7, HL 1.16-1.25, HW, 1.13-1.23, CI 96-101, SL 0.90-0.97, SI 75-81, PW 0.90-1.02, WL 1.66-1.90, maximum diameter of eye 0.28-0.32, OI 24–27 (20 measured).

Mandible smooth with scattered pits, usually with 4 teeth but very rarely with 3 or 5. Median portion of clypeus with anterior margin transverse to very shallowly concave, without a tooth-like cuticular prominence on each side. Cephalic dorsum finely and densely reticulate-rugose, the bases of the reticulae punctate. Funicular segments 2-7 distinctly broader than long. Dorsum of mesosoma reticulate-rugose. Petiolar spines curve far back over the first gastral tergite; median spine at least three-quarters the length of the outer pair; intermediate spines much shorter and usually much more slender, often reduced and needle-like by comparison with the others. Gastral tergites 1-2 longitudinally costulae upon a reticulate-punctate ground sculpture; often with some anastomoses between the costulae. Colour varies considerably. In darkest forms the head and body are almost entirely black, with only the mandibles and legs reddish brown to red. From this there is a gradual increase in the amount of blackish red to dull red on most areas of the body until in the lightest colour forms the entire head is reddish, the legs are red and even the mesosoma, petiole and parts of the gaster are suffused with red.

Type Material

Bolton and Fisher (2008) - Holotype queen, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: N’Gayu (= Ngayu), stomach Bufo superciliaris (H.O. Lang) (American Museum of Natural History) [examined].


  • Bolton, B. and B. L. Fisher. 2008. The Afrotropical ponerine ant genus Phrynoponera Wheeler. Zootaxa. 1892:35-52. *PDF
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922b. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. II. The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 39-269 (page 79, fig. 12 queen described)