Brachyponera luteipes

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Brachyponera luteipes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Brachyponera
Species: B. luteipes
Binomial name
Brachyponera luteipes
(Mayr, 1862)

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Specimen labels



See Brachyponera nakasujii for details about closely related species and the Caste section below for images that can help with determinations.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: New Zealand.
Indo-Australian Region: Borneo, Indonesia, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, Philippines.
Oriental Region: Bangladesh, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nicobar Island (type locality), Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam.
Palaearctic Region: China, Japan.

Japan (Nansei Is).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Yashiro et al. 2010. FIGURE 4. Characters of worker propodeum and petiole. The left side of worker propodeum and petiole of P. nakasujii (A), P. chinensis (C) and P. luteipes (E), and the posterior face of worker petiole of P. nakasujii (B), P. chinensis (D) and P. luteipes (F) (Scanning electron microscopy photographs). Horizontal white arrow: PW. Also see Japanese Ant Database Group (2003).


Yashiro et al. 2010. Figure 5. Characters of male coloration and mandible of P. nakasujii (A, B), P. chinensis (C, D) and P. luteipes (E, F). Black arrows indicate the mandible.


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

  • luteipes. Ponera luteipes Mayr, 1862: 722 (w.q.) INDIA (Nicobar Is). Forel, 1900d: 326 (m.); Imai & Yosida, 1964: 64 (k.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1976a: 47 (l.). Combination in Euponera (Brachyponera): Emery, 1900c: 315; Emery, 1911d: 84; Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 56; in Brachyponera: Bingham, 1903: 101; in Pachycondyla: Brown, in Bolton, 1995b: 307; in Brachyponera: Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 80. Current subspecies: nominal plus continentalis.



  • Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. (page 101, Combination in Brachyponera)
  • 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 307, Combination in Pachycondyla)
  • Emery, C. 1900b. Formicidarum species novae vel minus cognitae in collectione Musaei Nationalis Hungarici quas in Nova-Guinea, colonia germanica, collegit L. Biró. Publicatio secunda. Természetr. Füz. 23: 310-338 (page 315, Combination in Euponera (Brachyponera))
  • Emery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125 (page 84, Combination in Euponera (Brachyponera))
  • Forel, A. 1900f. Les Formicides de l'Empire des Indes et de Ceylan. Part VII. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 13: 303-332 (page 326, male described)
  • Imai, H. T.; Yosida, T. H. 1965. Chromosome observation in Japanese ants. Annu. Rep. Natl. Inst. Genet. Jpn. 15: 64-66 (page 64, karyotype described)
  • Mayr, G. 1862. Myrmecologische Studien. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 12: 649-776 (page 722, worker, queen described)
  • 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)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1976a. Supplementary studies on ant larvae: Ponerinae. Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 102: 41-64 (page 47, larva described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1919f. The ants of Borneo. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 63: 43-147 (page 56, Combination in Euponera (Brachyponera))
  • Yashiro, T.; Matsuura, K.; Guénard, B.; Terayama, M.; Dunn, R. R. 2010. On the evolution of the species complex Pachycondyla chinensis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae), including the origin of its invasive form and description of a new species. Zootaxa 2685:39-50. [2010-11-24] PDF
  • Zhao, M.-J., Yin, Z.-W., Li, Z. 2010. Two new species of the subtribe Batrisina (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Pselaphinae) associated with Pachycondyla luteipes (Formicidae) in China. Sociobiology, 56: 527-535.