Cryptopone fusciceps

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Cryptopone fusciceps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Cryptopone
Species: C. fusciceps
Binomial name
Cryptopone fusciceps
Emery, 1900

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Specimen Labels




Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -3.089444444° to -10.46667004°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea (type locality), Solomon Islands.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




Images from AntWeb

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Syntype of Cryptopone fuscicepsWorker. Specimen code casent0903919. Photographer Z. Lieberman, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MSNG, Genoa, Italy.
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Worker. Specimen code casent0260519. Photographer Shannon Hartman, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by PSWC, Philip S. Ward Collection.


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

  • fusciceps. Cryptopone fusciceps Emery, 1900c: 321, pl. 8, figs. 19, 20 (w.q.) NEW GUINEA (Papua New Guinea).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated), 1 syntype queen.
    • Type-locality: Papua New Guinea: Lemien (L. Biró).
    • Type-depositories: HNHM, MSNG.
    • [Misspelled as fuscipes by Emery, 1911d: 88, Chapman & Capco, 1951: 53.]
    • Status as species: Emery, 1911d: 88; Mann, 1919: 294 (in key); Wheeler, W.M. 1933g: 7; Chapman & Capco, 1951: 53; Wilson, 1958d: 358; Bolton, 1995b: 166; Sarnat, et al. 2013: 73.
    • Senior synonym of fuscior: Wilson, 1958d: 358; Bolton, 1995b: 166.
    • Senior synonym of minor: Wilson, 1958d: 358; Bolton, 1995b: 166.
    • Distribution: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Is.
  • fuscior. Cryptopone mayri var. fuscior Mann, 1919: 294 (w.) SOLOMON IS (Isabel I.).
    • Type-material: 2 syntype workers.
    • Type-locality: Solomon Is: Ysabel I., Fulakora (W.M. Mann).
    • Type-depository: MCZC.
    • Status as species: Wheeler, W.M. 1933g: 8; Wheeler, W.M. 1935g: 12.
    • Junior synonym of fusciceps: Wilson, 1958d: 358; Bolton, 1995b: 166.
  • minor. Cryptopone mayri var. minor Mann, 1919: 294 (diagnosis in key) (w.) SOLOMON IS.
    • Type-material: holotype(?) worker.
    • [Note: no indication of number of specimens is given.]
    • Type-locality: Solomons (no further data).
    • Type-depository: none specified (probably MCZC).
    • Junior synonym of fusciceps: Wilson, 1958d: 358; Bolton, 1995b: 166.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • CSIRO Collection
  • Emery C. 1900. Formicidarum species novae vel minus cognitae in collectione Musaei Nationalis Hungarici quas in Nova-Guinea, colonia germanica, collegit L. Biró. Publicatio secunda. Természetrajzi Füzetek 23: 310-338.
  • Emery C. 1911. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125.
  • Janda M., G. D. Alpert, M. L. Borowiec, E. P. Economo, P. Klimes, E. Sarnat, and S. O. Shattuck. 2011. Cheklist of ants described and recorded from New Guinea and associated islands. Available on Accessed on 24th Feb. 2011.
  • Lucky A., L. E. Alonso, E. Sarnat, and J. Hulr. 2015. Ants and scolytine beetles. In: Richards, S.J. and N. Whitmore (editors) 2015. A rapid biodiversity assessment of Papua New Guinea's Hindenburg Wall region. Wildlife Conservation Society Papua New Guinea Program. Goroka, PNG.
  • Mann W. M. 1919. The ants of the British Solomon Islands. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 63:273-391.
  • Mann, W.M. 1919. The ants of the British Solomon Islands. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology of Harvard College 63: 273-391
  • Snelling R. R. 2000. Ants of the Wapoga river area, Irian Jaya, Indonesia. In Mack, Andrew L. and Leeanne E. Alonso (eds.). 2000. A Biological Assessment of the Wapoga River Area of Northwestern Irian Jaya, Indonesia. RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 14, Conservation International, Washington, DC.
  • Viehmeyer H. 1912. Ameisen aus Deutsch Neuguinea gesammelt von Dr. O. Schlaginhaufen. Nebst einem Verzeichnisse der papuanischen Arten. Abhandlungen und Berichte des Königlichen Zoologischen und Anthropologische-Ethnographischen Museums zu Dresden 14: 1-26.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1933. Three obscure genera of ponerine ants. American Museum Novitates 672: 1-23.
  • Wheeler W.M. 1935. Check list of the ants of Oceania. Occasional Papers of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum 11(11):1-56.
  • Wheeler, William Morton.1935.Checklist of the Ants of Oceania.Occasional Papers 11(11): 3-56
  • Wilson E. O. 1958. Studies on the ant fauna of Melanesia III. Rhytidoponera in western Melanesia and the Moluccas. IV. The tribe Ponerini. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 119: 303-371.
  • Wilson Edward O. 1959. Adaptive Shift and Dispersal in a Tropical Ant Fauna. Evolution 13(1): 122-144