Ponera affinis

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Ponera affinis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Ponera
Species: P. affinis
Binomial name
Ponera affinis
Jerdon, 1851

The identity of this taxon is uncertain and it is considered incertae sedis in Ponera.



Distribution based on type material

India (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.




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

  • affinis. Ponera affinis Jerdon, 1851: 118 (w.) INDIA (Karnataka/Kerala; “Malabar”).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: India: Malabar (T.C. Jerdon).
    • Type-depository: unknown (no material known to exist).
    • [Duplicated in Jerdon, 1854b: 102.]
    • [Unresolved junior primary homonym of †Ponera affinis Heer, 1849: 147 (Bolton, 1995b: 360).]
    • Status as species: Smith, F. 1858b: 84; Mayr, 1863: 447; Smith, F. 1871a: 320; Dalla Torre, 1893: 37; Emery, 1911d: 116; Chapman & Capco, 1951: 68; Tiwari, 1999: 29.
    • Unidentifiable to genus; incertae sedis in Ponerinae: Emery, 1911d: 116.
    • Unidentifiable to genus; incertae sedis in Ponera: Bolton, 1995b: 360.
    • Distribution: India.



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  • Dalla Torre, K. W. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp.
  • Emery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118:1-125.
  • Jerdon, T. C. 1851. A catalogue of the species of ants found in Southern India. Madras Journal of Literature and Science 17:103-127.
  • Jerdon, T. C. 1854b. A catalogue of the species of ants found in Southern India. [concl.]. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (2)13:100-110.
  • Mayr, G. 1863a. Formicidarum index synonymicus. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 13:385-460.
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp.
  • Smith, F. 1871a. A catalogue of the Aculeate Hymenoptera and Ichneumonidae of India and the Eastern Archipelago. With introductory remarks by A. R. Wallace. [part]. Journal of the Linnean Society of London. Zoology 11:285-348.
  • Tiwari, R. N. 1999. Taxonomic studies on ants of southern India (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Memoirs of the Zoological Survey of India 18(4):1-96.