Heteroponera brounii

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Heteroponera brounii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Heteroponerinae
Genus: Heteroponera
Species: H. brounii
Binomial name
Heteroponera brounii
(Forel, 1892)

Heteroponera brounii casent0172107 profile 1.jpg

Heteroponera brounii casent0172107 dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen Label

At a Glance • Ergatoid queen  



Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: New Zealand (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Ergatoid queen of H. brounii, showing striking enlargement of gaster. From AntWeb (CASENT0172108).



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

  • brounii. Ectatomma (Acanthoponera) brownii Forel, 1892c: 335 (w.) NEW ZEALAND. Combination in Acanthoponera: Forel, 1905a: 353 (spelling emended to brounii); in Heteroponera: Brown, in Borgmeier, 1957: 112. Senior synonym of kirki: Brown, 1958h: 18. See also: Wheeler, W.M. 1923e: 183; Brown, 1958g: 195.
  • kirki. Acanthoponera (Anacanthoponera) brouni subsp. kirki Wheeler, W.M. 1923e: 184, fig. 4 (w.q.) NEW ZEALAND. Junior synonym of brounii: Brown, 1958h: 18.

Acanthoponera brouni kirki type material
Three syntype workers from Auckland, New Zealand, 5 Sept. 1914, W.M. Wheeler (Museum of New Zealand, reported by Palma et al., 1989).

Type Material



  • Borgmeier, T. 1957a. Myrmecologische Studien, I. An. Acad. Bras. Cienc. 29: 103-128 (page 112, Combination in Heteroponera: Brown)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1958g. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. II. Tribe Ectatommini (Hymenoptera). Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 118: 173-362 (page 195, see also)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1958h. A review of the ants of New Zealand. Acta Hymenopterol. 1: 1-50 (page 18, Senior synonym of kirki)
  • Forel, A. 1892c. Die Ameisen Neu-Seelands. Mitt. Schweiz. Entomol. Ges. 8: 331-343 (page 335, worker described)
  • Forel, A. 1905d. A revision of the species of the Formicidae (ants) of New Zealand. Trans. Proc. N. Z. Inst. 37: 353-355 (page 353, Combination in Acanthoponera, and spelling emended to brounii)
  • Palma, R.L., Lovis, P.M. & Tother, C. 1989. An annotated list of primary types of the phyla Arthropoda (except Crustacea) and Tardigrada held in the National Museum of New Zealand. National Museum of New Zealand miscellaneous series No. 20: 1-49.
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1923f. Ants of the genera Myopias and Acanthoponera. Psyche (Camb.) 30: 175-192 (page 183, see also)