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GenusPonera HNS Latreille, 1804

Ponera HNS Latreille, 1804:178.

Type-species: Formica coarctata Latreille HNS , 1802b.

This genus was radically revised by Taylor (1967) who showed that Ponera HNS is distinguished from the otherwise similar Hypoponera HNS by the consistent presence of subpetiolar tooth-like ornamentation as well as the two segmented maxillary palps. It includes about 30 small hypogoeic species mainly distributed in the Indo-Australian region but with representatives throughout the north temperate zone of which one only occurs in North Europe.


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