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Published: 2019-05-03

Taxonomic revision of the genus Ponera Latreille, 1804 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Taiwan and Japan, with a key to East Asian species

Department of Entomology, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Roosevelt Road, Section 4, Taipei, 106 Taiwan School of Biological Sciences, University of Hong Kong, Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building, Pok Fu Lam Road, Hong Kong SAR, China
School of Biological Sciences, University of Hong Kong, Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building, Pok Fu Lam Road, Hong Kong SAR, China
Department of Entomology, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Roosevelt Road, Section 4, Taipei, 106 Taiwan
Department of Biology, National Changhua University of Education, No. 1, Jinde Road, Changhua, 500 Taiwan
ant Ponerinae systematics morphology description new species

Abstract

Ponera is a widespread genus of litter and soil ants. The highest diversity of the genus is found in Asia, with Taiwan and Japan being two of the most species-rich regions. Here, we systematically review the taxonomy of the 16 Taiwanese and Japanese Ponera species, two of which are new species from Taiwan: Ponera terayamai sp. n. and P. wui sp. n. A new key for Ponera species of East Asia is presented.

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