Euponera fossigera

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Euponera fossigera
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Euponera
Species: E. fossigera
Binomial name
Euponera fossigera
Mayr, 1901

Pachycondyla fossigera sam-hym-c002649a profile 1.jpg

Pachycondyla fossigera sam-hym-c002649b dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen labels

At a Glance • Ergatoid queen  




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: South Africa (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Villet (1994) described ergatoid queens


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

  • fossigera. Euponera fossigera Mayr, 1901b: 3 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Combination in E. (Mesoponera): Arnold, 1915: 71; in Pachycondyla: Brown, in Bolton, 1995b: 305; in Euponera: Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 86.



  • Arnold, G. 1915. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part I. Ponerinae, Dorylinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 1-159 (page 71, Combination in E. (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 305, Combination in Pachycondyla)
  • Mayr, G. 1901b. Südafrikanische Formiciden, gesammelt von Dr. Hans Brauns. Ann. K-K. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 16: 1-30 (page 3, worker 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)
  • Villet, M. 1994. Reproductive organization in the ponerine ant Pachycondyla fossigera Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Afr. Entomol. 2: 185-187.