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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Heteroponerinae
Genus: Anacanthoponera
Wheeler, W.M., 1923
Type species
Ponera dolo, now Heteroponera dolo

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Specimen Labels

This genus is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Heteroponera.


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • ANACANTHOPONERA [junior synonym of Heteroponera]
    • Anacanthoponera Wheeler, W.M. 1923e: 176 [as subgenus of Acanthoponera]. Type-species: Ponera dolo, by original designation.
    • Anacanthoponera junior synonym of Heteroponera: Brown, 1952h: 70.


  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 177, Anacanthoponera as junior synonym of Heteroponera)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1952k. Heteroponera Mayr reinstated (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche (Camb.) 59: 70 (page 70, Anacanthoponera as junior synonym of Heteroponera)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1958g. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. II. Tribe Ectatommini (Hymenoptera). Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 118: 173-362 (page 194, Anacanthoponera as junior synonym of Heteroponera)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1923f. Ants of the genera Myopias and Acanthoponera. Psyche (Camb.) 30: 175-192 (page 176, Anacanthoponera as subgenus of Acanthoponera)