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Type: Article
Published: 2008-07-23
Page range: 53–61
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The Afrotropical ponerine ant genus Asphinctopone Santschi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

c/o Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, U.K
Department of Entomology, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118, U.S.A
Hymenoptera Asphinctopone taxonomy


The Afrotropical ponerine ant genus Asphinctopone is revised. Two species are recognised, of which one (differens) is described as new, and two names are established as new junior synonyms of the type-species silvestrii (lucidus and lamottei). A new diagnosis of the genus is presented, based on the female castes (male remains unknown) and critical morphological characters are discussed.


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