Proceratiinae

Probolomyrmex filiformis, copyright April Nobile. Belongs within: Formicidae. The Proceratiinae are a group of small ants characterised by fully or nearly fully exposed antennal sockets close to the anterior margin of the head, together with a single petiolar segment and a fused promesonotal suture (Heterick 2009). <==Proceratiinae |–Probolomyrmex Mayr 1901 TB85 [Probolomyrmecini H09] |    |  i. s.:… Continue reading Proceratiinae

Ponera

Ponera pennsylvanica, copyright Tom Murray. Belongs within: Ponerinae. Ponera is a genus of generalised ponerine ants characterised by triangular mandibles, a single large pectinate spur on the hind tarsus, and a subpetiolar process bearing a distinct fenestra anteriorly. <==Ponera Latreille 1804 [incl. Pseudocryptopone Emery 1900, Pteroponera Bernard 1950, Selenopone Wheeler 1933] Z01 |–P. coarctata (Latreille… Continue reading Ponera

Odontomachus

Odontomachus monticola, copyright Johnsonwang6688. Belongs within: Ponerinae. Odontomachus is a pantropical genus of ants characterised by long and straight mandibles inserted just on either side of the cephalic midline with three large teeth near the tip arranged in a vertical series, together with a single tooth or spine at the apex of the petiole, and… Continue reading Odontomachus

Anochetus

Anochetus armstrongi with termite, copyright Mark Newton. Belongs within: Ponerinae. Anochetus is a pantropical genus of ponerine ants characterised by long, straight mandibles inserted near the cephalic midline with two or three large teeth near the tip arranged in a vertical series, together with two teeth or a rounded margin at the apex of the… Continue reading Anochetus

Hypoponera

Hypoponera eduardi, copyright April Nobile. Belongs within: Ponerinae. Hypoponera is a cosmopolitan genus of fairly generalised soil-dwelling ants. Characters (from Heterick 2009): Mandibles triangular; palpal formula 2, 2; clypeus narrowly inserted between frontal lobes; tibia of hind leg with single large pectinate spur; pretarsal claws of hind leg simple; anteroventral process of petiole simple. <==Hypoponera… Continue reading Hypoponera

Oligomyrmex

Oligomyrmex concinnus, copyright Alexandra Westrich. Belongs within: Myrmicinae. Oligomyrmex is a genus of ants characterised by a nine-segmented antenna with a relatively large, two-segmented club (Wheeler & Wheeler 1990). Characters (from Bingham 1903): Queen: Head with mandibles scutiform or shield-shaped, posteriorly emarginate, sides convex, posterior lateral angles well marked though not prominent; mandibles broad, triangular,… Continue reading Oligomyrmex

Podomyrma

Podomyrma adelaidae with fly, copyright Mark Newton. Belongs within: Myrmicinae. Podomyrma is an Australasian genus of medium-sized, commonly wood-nesting ants characterised by eleven-segmented antennae, a rather long, low petiole, and greatly swollen femora. <==Podomyrma Smith 1859 [incl. Dacryon Forel 1895, Pseudopodomyrma Crawley 1925] TB85 |–*P. femorata Smith 1859 TB85 |–P. abdominalis Emery 1887 TB85 |    |–P.… Continue reading Podomyrma

Vollenhovia

Vollenhovia emeryi colony, copyright Alex Wild. Belongs within: Myrmicinae. Vollenhovia is an Indo-Australian genus of ants most commonly found in forest habitats in association with rotting wood and logs. Characters (from Terayama 1999): Small to moderate-sized ants, total length of workers around 2–8 mm. Frontal carina and antennal scrobe absent. Clypeus more or less longitudinally… Continue reading Vollenhovia

Meranoplus

Meranoplus bicolor worker tending leafhopper, copyright Kalesh Sadasivan. Belongs within: Meranoplini. Meranoplus is a palaeotropical genus of ants characterised by nine-segmented antenna together with the dorsum of the anterior mesosoma being flattened and projecting to form a shield, often with regular protruding edges separated by translucent ‘windows’. <==Meranoplus Smith 1854 TB85 |–*M. bicolor (Guérin-Meneville 1844)… Continue reading Meranoplus

Cardiocondyla

Cardiocondyla wroughtonii, copyright April Nobile. Belongs within: Myrmicinae. Cardiocondyla is a genus of small, mostly soil-dwelling ants found in warmer regions of the Old World. Characters (from Terayama 1999): Total length of workers around 1.5–3.5 mm. Head rectangular with rounded posterior margin. Mandible triangular, usually with five teeth. Clypeus widely projecting anteriorly, covering base of… Continue reading Cardiocondyla