Cryptopone sauteri

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Cryptopone sauteri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Cryptopone
Species: C. sauteri
Binomial name
Cryptopone sauteri
(Wheeler, W.M., 1906)


Worker. Total length of workers around 3.5 - 4 mm. Color yellow to yellowish brown. Body covered thickly with golden hairs. Mandibles with 9 or 10 teeth. Dorsal outline of clypeus gently sloping in lateral view. Subpetiolar process developed, subtriangular and with an angled ventral tip.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Japan (type locality), Republic of Korea.

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Distribution based on specimens

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The above specimen data are provided by AntWeb. Please see Cryptopone sauteri for further details


This species nests in rotting wood and leaf litter in forests. Colony size is relatively large compared to other Korean ponerine ants.



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

  • sauteri. Pachycondyla (Pseudoponera) sauteri Wheeler, W.M. 1906c: 304, pl. 41, fig. 6 (w.q.) JAPAN. Ogata, 1987: 118 (m.); Imai & Kubota, 1972: 194 (k.). Combination in Euponera (Pseudoponera): Emery, 1909c: 365; in Euponera (Trachymesopus): Teranishi, 1940: 8; in Cryptopone: Brown, 1963: 6; in Pachycondyla: Mackay & Mackay, 2010: 3 (by implication as Cryptopone synonymised with Pachycondyla); in Cryptopone: Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 185.



  • 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)