Lioponera mayri

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Lioponera mayri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Lioponera
Species: L. mayri
Binomial name
Lioponera mayri
Forel, 1892

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Specimen labels


Brown (1975) - I can add observations on Lioponera mayri and Lividopone livida in the rain forest of Madagascar, and on Parasyscia indica in the Western Ghats of southern India. All 3 species were found attacking, or returning from attacks on, nests of Pheidole species, and the booty being transported consisted of larvae, pupae, pharate adults, and even in some cases dead but fully pigmented Pheidole soldiers and workers. These raids were all observed in progress near midday in shaded situations, and the raiding workers returned one by one over logs and roots along an obvious odor trail with their prey.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Malagasy Region: Madagascar (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • mayri. Cerapachys mayri Forel, 1892l: 244 (w.) MADAGASCAR.
    • Combination in Phyracaces: Emery, 1902c: 24.
    • Combination in Cerapachys: Brown, 1975: 23.
    • Combination in Lioponera: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 164.
    • Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 17; Emery, 1899f: 264; Emery, 1911d: 11; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 1005; Brown, 1975: 23, 64; Bolton, 1995b: 143.
    • Senior synonym of brachynodus: Brown, 1975: 23.
  • brachynodus. Cerapachys mayri var. brachynodus Forel, 1892k: 520 (w.) MADAGASCAR.
    • Junior synonym of mayri: Brown, 1975: 23.



  • 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 synonomy brachynodus)
  • Emery, C. 1899e. Formiche di Madagascar raccolte dal Sig. A. Mocquerys nei pressi della Baia di Antongil (1897-1898). Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 31: 263-290 (page 264, male described)
  • Emery, C. 1902c. Note mirmecologiche. Rend. Sess. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (n.s.) 6: 22-34 (page 23, Combination in Phyracaces)
  • Forel, A. 1892o. Les Formicides. [concl.]. In: Grandidier, A. Histoire physique, naturelle, et politique de Madagascar. Volume XX. Histoire naturelle des Hyménoptères. Deuxième partie. Supplèment au 28e fascicule. Paris: Hachette et Cie, pp. 229-280. (page 244, worker described)