Mesoponera melanaria

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Mesoponera melanaria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Mesoponera
Species: M. melanaria
Binomial name
Mesoponera melanaria
(Emery, 1893)

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Malagasy Region: Seychelles.
Oriental Region: India, Sri Lanka (type locality), Vietnam.
Palaearctic Region: China.

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.

  • melanaria. Ponera melanaria Emery, 1893g: 260 (footnote) (w.) SRI LANKA. Bingham, 1903: 100 (q.); Donisthorpe, 1942d: 450 (m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971b: 1206 (l.). Combination in Euponera (Mesoponera): Emery, 1900d: 668; in Mesoponera: Bingham, 1903: 100; in Pachycondyla: Brown, in Bolton, 1995b: 307; in Mesoponera: Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 111. Current subspecies: nominal plus macra.



  • 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 100, queen described, Combination in Mesoponera)
  • 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)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1942d. Ants from the Colombo Museum Expedition to Southern India, September-October 1938. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 11(9): 449-461 PDF (page 450, male described)
  • Emery, C. 1893i. Voyage de M. E. Simon aux îles Philippines (mars et avril 1890). Formicides. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 62: 259-270 (page 260, (footnote) worker described)
  • Emery, C. 1900c. Formiche raccolte da Elio Modigliani in Sumatra, Engano e Mentawei. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 40[=(2(20): 661-688 (page 668, Combination in Euponera (Mesoponera))
  • 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. 1971b. Ant larvae of the subfamily Ponerinae: second supplement. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 6 64: 1197-1217 (page 1206, larva described)