Mesoponera elisae

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Mesoponera elisae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Mesoponera
Species: M. elisae
Binomial name
Mesoponera elisae
(Forel, 1891)

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Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -7.89932° to -28.44786°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania.
Malagasy Region: Madagascar (type locality).

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

Pachycondyla elisae casent0101027 head 1.jpgPachycondyla elisae casent0101027 profile 1.jpgPachycondyla elisae casent0101027 dorsal 1.jpgPachycondyla elisae casent0101027 label 1.jpg
Syntype of Ponera elisaeWorker. Specimen code casent0101027. Photographer April Nobile, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MHNG, Geneva, Switzerland.
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Worker. Specimen code casent0101030. Photographer April Nobile, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MHNG, Geneva, Switzerland.
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Specimen code casent0101031. .
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Syntype of Ponera elisaeWorker. Specimen code casent0101032. Photographer April Nobile, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MHNG, Geneva, Switzerland.
Pachycondyla elisae casent0101033 head 1.jpgPachycondyla elisae casent0101033 profile 1.jpgPachycondyla elisae casent0101033 dorsal 1.jpgPachycondyla elisae casent0101033 label 1.jpg
Syntype of Ponera elisaeWorker. Specimen code casent0101033. Photographer April Nobile, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MHNG, Geneva, Switzerland.
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Worker. Specimen code casent0102406. Photographer April Nobile, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by NHMUK, London, UK.


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

  • elisae. Ponera elisae Forel, 1891b: 221, pl. 5, fig. 10 (w.) MADAGASCAR.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Madagascar: Forêt d’Andrangoloaka (Sikora).
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • [Misspelled as elizae by Arnold, 1915: 70.]
    • Combination in Euponera (Mesoponera): Emery, 1901a: 46;
    • combination in E. (Xiphopelta): Forel, 1913j: 206;
    • combination in Pachycondyla: Brown, in Bolton, 1995b: 305;
    • combination in Mesoponera: Schmidt, C.A. & Shattuck, 2014: 110.
    • Status as species: Forel, 1892k: 520; Dalla Torre, 1893: 39; Emery, 1911d: 81; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 1008; Santschi, 1935b: 260 (in key); Bernard, 1953b: 192 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 305.
    • Distribution: Madagascar.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus divaricata, redbankensis, rotundata.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Emery C. 1911. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125.
  • Fisher B. L. 1997. Biogeography and ecology of the ant fauna of Madagascar (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Natural History 31: 269-302.
  • Fisher B. L. 2003. Formicidae, ants. Pp. 811-819 in: Goodman, S. M.; Benstead, J. P. (eds.) 2003. The natural history of Madagascar. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, xxi + 1709 pp.
  • Forel A. 1892. Nouvelles espèces de Formicides de Madagascar (récoltées par M. Sikora). Première série. Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique. 36: 516-535.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. IX. A synonymic list of the ants of the Malagasy region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 1005-1055