Lioponera foreli

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Lioponera foreli
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Lioponera
Species: L. foreli
Binomial name
Lioponera foreli
(Santschi, 1914)

Cerapachys foreli casent0173075 profile 1.jpg

Cerapachys foreli casent0173075 dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen labels


Brown (1975) - Species of the longitarsus group (=Lioponera) tend to nest in hollow twigs, beetle burrows, or other channels in wood, branches, or bark, and it is possible that they are all arboreal or subarboreal. Lioponera singaporensis was taken originally nesting in a hollow mango twig. Cerapachys foreli has been taken by Raignier and van Boven in hollow twigs in Zaire (personal communication), and I have found this species climbing a tree trunk in sparse single file in a copse in the Dabou Savanna, Ivory Coast.


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Cameroun, Gabon, Ghana (type locality), Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • foreli. Phyracaces foreli Santschi, 1914d: 309 (w.) GHANA.
    • Santschi, 1915c: 245 (q.).
    • Combination in Cerapachys: Brown, 1975: 22.
    • Combination in Lioponera: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 163.
    • Status as species: Santschi, 1915c: 245; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 757; Brown, 1975: 22, 60; Bolton, 1995b: 143.
    • Senior synonym of langi: Brown, 1975: 22.
    • Senior synonym of occipitalis: Brown, 1975: 22.
    • Senior synonym of santschii: Brown, 1975: 22.
  • langi. Phyracaces langi Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 54, fig. 4 (w.q.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.
    • Junior synonym of foreli: Brown, 1975: 22.
  • santschii. Phyracaces santschii Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 56 (q.) GABON.
    • Junior synonym of foreli: Brown, 1975: 22.
  • occipitalis. Phyracaces occipitalis Bernard, 1953b: 216, fig. 6 (w.) GUINEA.
    • Junior synonym of foreli: Brown, 1975: 22.



  • 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 langi, occipitalis and santschii)
  • Santschi, F. 1914d. Formicides de l'Afrique occidentale et australe du voyage de Mr. le Professeur F. Silvestri. Boll. Lab. Zool. Gen. Agrar. R. Sc. Super. Agric. 8: 309-385 (page 309, worker described)
  • Santschi, F. 1915c. Nouvelles fourmis d'Afrique. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 84: 244-282 (page 245, queen described)