Mesoponera ingesta

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Mesoponera ingesta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Mesoponera
Species: M. ingesta
Binomial name
Mesoponera ingesta
(Wheeler, W.M., 1922)

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Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 3.73503° to -19.03298889°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (type locality), Mali, Sierra Leone, United Republic of Tanzania.

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.




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

  • ingesta. Euponera (Mesoponera) ingesta Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 82, fig. 14 (w.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.
    • Type-material: 9 syntype workers.
    • Type-locality: 6 workers Democratic Republic of Congo (“Belgian Congo”): Akenge, “from stomachs of toads (Bufo funereus and polycercus)” (Lang & Chapin); other syntypes: 1 worker Niapu, “toad’s stomach (B. polycercus)” (Lang & Chapin), 1 worker Faradje (Lang & Chapin), 1 worker Lubila (Lang & Chapin).
    • Type-depository: MCZC.
    • Combination in Pachycondyla: Brown, in Bolton, 1995b: 306;
    • combination in Mesoponera: Schmidt, C.A. & Shattuck, 2014: 110.
    • Status as species: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 776; Santschi, 1930a: 54; Santschi, 1935b: 260 (in key); Weber, 1943c: 298; Bolton, 1995b: 306.
    • Distribution: Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Santschi F. 1930. Description de Formicides éthiopiens nouveaux ou peu connus. V. Bulletin et Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 70: 49-77.
  • Weber N. A. 1943. The ants of the Imatong Mountains, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 93: 263-389.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. II. The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 39-269.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 711-1004