Brown (1975) - In Australia, a raid of L. clarki was observed in 1951 in open eucalypt woodland at Berrimah, near Darwin, Northern Territory, over bare soil against a nest of a small Iridomyrmex in bright morning sunlight. This raid was very loose and involved only 3 or 4 Lioponera workers while I watched it, so it may have been the final stages of an action begun much earlier.
Heterick (2009) - Lioponera clarki is distinguished by the lack of a dorsolateral cephalic carina curving towards the eye, lack of ocelli and a wide node with posterior angles that in dorsal view extend laterally beyond its anterior margin.
Keys including this Species
Heterick (2009) - A predominantly sand-plain species that is also found in the NT and drier areas of south-eastern Australia.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- clarki. Phyracaces clarki Crawley, 1922b: 433 (w.) AUSTRALIA.
- Combination in Cerapachys: Brown, 1975: 22.
- Combination in Lioponera: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 163.
- Status as species: Brown, 1975: 22, 66; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 24; Bolton, 1995b: 142; Heterick, 2009: 128.
- Senior synonym of castaneus: Brown, 1975: 22; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 24.
- castaneus. Phyracaces castaneus Clark, 1924b: 79, pl. 7, figs. 7-14 (w.q.m.) AUSTRALIA.
- Junior synonym of clarki: Brown, 1975: 22.
- Phyracaces castaneus: Syntype, 2 workers, Hovea, Western Australia, Australia, Australian Museum.
- Phyracaces castaneus: Syntype, 1 worker, Hovea, Western Australia, Australia, Clark,J., ANIC32-053477, Australian National Insect Collection.
- Phyracaces castaneus: Syntype, 5 workers, 1 male, Hovea, Western Australia, Australia, Museum of Comparative Zoology.
- Phyracaces castaneus: Syntype, worker(s), quee(s), male(s), Hovea, Western Australia, Australia, Museum Victoria, Melbourne.
- Phyracaces castaneus: Syntype, 1 worker, Hovea, Western Australia, Australia, Queensland Museum.
- Phyracaces castaneus: Syntype, 1 worker, Hovea, Western Australia, Australia, Western Australian Museum.
- Phyracaces clarki: Syntype, 6 workers, Darlington, Western Australia, Australia, Museum of Comparative Zoology.
- Phyracaces clarki: Syntype, worker(s), Darlington, Western Australia, Australia, Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
- Borowiec, M.L. 2016. Generic revision of the ant subfamily Dorylinae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). ZooKeys 608: 1-280 (doi: 10.3897/zookeys.608.9427).
- Brown, W. L., Jr. 1975. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. V. Ponerinae, tribes Platythyreini, Cerapachyini, Cylindromyrmecini, Acanthostichini, and Aenictogitini. Search Agric. (Ithaca N. Y.) 5(1 1: 1-115 (page 22, Combination in Cerapachys, and senior synonym of castaneus)
- Clark, J. (1924). Australian Formicidae. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 10: 75–89.
- Crawley, W. C. 1922a. New ants from Australia. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 9(9): 427-448 PDF (page 433, worker described)
- Heterick, B. E. 2009. A guide to the ants of South-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 76:1-206. PDF