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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Trapeziopelta
Mayr, 1862
Type species
Ponera maligna, now Myopias maligna

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Specimen Labels

This genus is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Myopias.


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • TRAPEZIOPELTA [junior synonym of Myopias]
    • Trapeziopelta Mayr, 1862: 715. Type-species: Ponera maligna, by monotypy.
    • Trapeziopelta senior synonym of Bradyponera: Donisthorpe, 1932c: 468.
    • Trapeziopelta junior synonym of Pachycondyla: Snelling, R.R. 1981: 390.
    • Trapeziopelta revived status as genus: Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1985: 256.
    • Trapeziopelta junior synonym of Myopias: Willey & Brown, 1983: 249; Bolton, 1994: 164.
  • TRIANGULINODA [junior synonym of Pseudomyrmex]
    • Triangulinoda Enzmann, E.V. 1944: 61 [as "branch" of Pseudomyrma]. Type-species: Pseudomyrma spinicola, by original designation.
    • Triangulinoda junior synonym of Pseudomyrmex: Ward, 1990: 469.


  • Ashmead, W. H. 1905c. A skeleton of a new arrangement of the families, subfamilies, tribes and genera of the ants, or the superfamily Formicoidea. Can. Entomol. 37: 381-384 (page 382, Trapeziopelta in Ponerinae, Ponerini)
  • Bolton, B. 1994. Identification guide to the ant genera of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 222 pp. (page 164, Trapeziopelta as junior synonym of Myopias)
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 48, Trapeziopelta as junior synonym of Myopias)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 164, Trapeziopelta as junior synonym of Myopias)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1973b. A comparison of the Hylean and Congo-West African rain forest ant faunas. Pp. 161-185 in: Meggers, B. J., Ayensu, E. S., Duckworth, W. D. (eds.) Tropical forest ecosystems in Africa and South America: a comparative review. Wash (page 185, Trapeziopelta as provisional junior synonym of Pachycondyla)
  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 43, Trapeziopelta in Ponerinae)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1932c. On the identity of Smith's types of Formicidae (Hymenoptera) collected by Alfred Russell Wallace in the Malay Archipelago, with descriptions of two new species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 10(10): 441-476 (page 468, senior synonym of Bradyponera)
  • Emery, C. 1895l. Die Gattung Dorylus Fab. und die systematische Eintheilung der Formiciden. Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Geogr. Biol. Tiere 8: 685-778 (page 767, Trapeziopelta in Ponerinae, Ponerini)
  • Emery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125 (page 93, Trapeziopelta in Ponerinae, Ponerini [subtribe Plectroctenini])
  • Forel, A. 1917. Cadre synoptique actuel de la faune universelle des fourmis. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 51: 229-253 (page 238, Trapeziopelta in Ponerinae, Ponerini)
  • Mayr, G. 1862. Myrmecologische Studien. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 12: 649-776 (page 715, Trapeziopelta (diagnosis in key) as genus; Trapeziopelta in Ponerinae (in key) [Poneridae])
  • Mayr, G. 1865. Formicidae. In: Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte "Novara" um die Erde in den Jahren 1857, 1858, 1859. Zoologischer Theil. Bd. II. Abt. 1. Wien: K. Gerold's Sohn, 119 pp. (page 11, Trapeziopelta in Ponerinae [Poneridae])
  • Snelling, R. R. 1981. Systematics of social Hymenoptera. Pp. 369-453 in: Hermann, H. R. (ed.) Social insects. Volume 2. New York: Academic Press, xiii + 491 pp. (page 390, Trapeziopelta as junior synonym of Pachycondyla)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1985b. A simplified conspectus of the Formicidae. Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 111: 255-264 (page 256, Trapeziopelta as genus (anachronism))
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1910b. Ants: their structure, development and behavior. New York: Columbia University Press, xxv + 663 pp. (page 135, Trapeziopelta in Ponerinae, Ponerini)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922i. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VII. Keys to the genera and subgenera of ants. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 631-710 (page 650, Trapeziopelta in Ponerinae, Ponerini)
  • Willey, R. B.; Brown, W. L., Jr. 1983. New species of the ant genus Myopias (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae). Psyche (Camb.) 90: 249-285 (page 249, Trapeziopelta as junior synonym of Myopias)