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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Amblyoponinae
Tribe: Amblyoponini
Genus: Fulakora
Mann, 1919
Type species
Fulakora celata
25 species
(Species Checklist, Species by Country)

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Specimen labels

Evolutionary Relationships

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  (9 species), some Stigmatomma

  (1 species), some Stigmatomma

some Stigmatomma

  (2 species)

  (14 species)

some Stigmatomma

Based on Ward & Fisher, 2016. Note that Stigmatomma is not currently monophyletic and some species are more closely related to those of other genera than to each other.


Ward and Fisher (2016) - Fulakora can be distinguished from Stigmatomma as follows. In workers of New World Stigmatomma (i.e. Stigmatomma pallipes and relatives), the frontal lobes and antennal sockets are widely separated by a broadly rounded or triangular section of clypeus, and the teeth along the mid-length of the mandible are fused at the base. In contrast, in New World Fulakora workers, the frontal lobes are usually fused or separated by a very narrow extension of the clypeus. If the frontal lobes are widely separated (e.g. Fulakora mystriops), then the inner surface of the mandible has two separate rows of teeth. In Australasian Fulakora, the frontal lobes are fused, the anterior subpetiolar process (keel) has a distinct fenestra, and the mesonotum is generally separated from the propodeum by a metanotal groove. In Australasian Stigmatomma, the subpetiolar process lacks a fenestra and the mesonotum is not separated from the propodeum by a metanotal groove.

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Keys including this Genus



Distribution and Richness based on AntMaps




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

  • FULAKORA [Amblyoponinae]
    • Fulakora Mann, 1919: 279 [as subgenus of Stigmatomma]. Type-species: Stigmatomma (Fulakora) celata, by original designation.
    • Fulakora junior synonym of Stigmatomma: Brown, 1949: 88.
    • Fulakora junior synonym of Amblyopone: Brown, 1960: 155; Yoshimura & Fisher, 2012: 17.
    • Fulakora revived status as genus: Ward & Fisher, 2016: 691.
  • ERICAPELTA [junior synonym of Amblyopone]
    • Ericapelta Kusnezov, 1955: 273. Type-species: Ericapelta egregia, by monotypy.
    • Ericapelta junior synonym of Amblyopone: Brown, 1960: 156.
    • Ericapelta junior synonym of Stigmatomma: Yoshimura & Fisher, 2012: 17.
    • Ericapelta junior synonym of Fulakora: Ward & Fisher, 2016: 691.
  • PARAPRIONOPELTA [junior synonym of Fulakora]
    • Paraprionopelta Kusnezov, 1955: 270. Type-species: Paraprionopelta minima, by monotypy.
    • Paraprionopelta junior synonym of Fulakora: Ward & Fisher, 2016: 691.