Plectroctena minor

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Plectroctena minor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Plectroctena
Species: P. minor
Binomial name
Plectroctena minor
Emery, 1892

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Angola, Cameroun, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast (type locality), Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo.

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

  • minor. Plectroctena minor Emery, 1892d: 556, pl. 15, figs. 1, 2 (q.) IVORY COAST. Emery, 1902c: 32 (w.); Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 88 (m.). Senior synonym of insularis, liberiana, perusta: Bolton, 1974c: 324; of gabonensis: Bolton & Brown, 2002: 12.
  • gabonensis. Plectroctena gabonensis Santschi, 1919a: 336 (w.) GABON. [Also described as new by Santschi, 1919h: 90.] Bolton, 1974c: 323 (q.). Combination in Myopias: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 785; in Plectroctena: Santschi, 1924a: 170. Subspecies of subterranea: Santschi, 1919h: 90. Revived status as species: Santschi, 1924a: 170; Bolton, 1974c: 323. Junior synonym of minor: Bolton & Brown, 2002: 12.
  • insularis. Plectroctena minor var. insularis Santschi, 1924a: 169, fig. 3 (w.) EQUATORIAL GUINEA (Bioko I.). Junior synonym of minor: Bolton, 1974c: 324.
  • liberiana. Plectroctena minor var. liberiana Santschi, 1924a: 169, fig. 2 (w.) LIBERIA. Junior synonym of minor: Bolton, 1974c: 324.
  • perusta. Plectroctena minor var. perusta Santschi, 1924a: 168, fig. 2 (w.) CAMEROUN. Junior synonym of minor: Bolton, 1974c: 324.



  • Bolton, B. 1974c. A revision of the ponerine ant genus Plectroctena F. Smith (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 30: 309-338 (page 324, Senior synonym of insularis, liberiana and perusta)
  • Bolton, B.; Brown, W. L., Jr.. 2002. Loboponera gen. n. and a review of the Afrotropical Plectroctena genus group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Entomol. Ser. 71: 1-18 (page 12, Senior synonym of gabonensis)
  • Emery, C. 1892f [1891]. Voyage de M. Ch. Alluaud dans le territoire d'Assinie (Afrique occidentale) en juillet et août 1886. Formicides. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 60: 553-574 (page 556, pl. 15, figs. 1, 2 queen described)
  • Emery, C. 1902c. Note mirmecologiche. Rend. Sess. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (n.s.) 6: 22-34 (page 32, worker described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922b. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. II. The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 39-269 (page 88, male described)