Ponerinae            The Rough Guide to Ponerine Ants

Ponerine ants (Ponerinae) are a diverse, conspicuous and ecologically important component of tropical forest ecosystems. With nearly 1,000 described species worldwide, the Ponerinae is the third-largest ant subfamily. Ponerines combine a suite of traits considered ancestral within ants (e.g. small colony sizes, solitary predaceous foraging, poor queen-worker morphological differentiation, lack of oral trophallaxis, and use of a venomous sting in prey capture) with a great diversity of derived morphological, ecological and behavioral traits (including some often bizarre social systems).

The Rough Guide to Ponerine Ants is designed to be a central repository of information on these intriguing ants. Because the Ponerinae is a large group, I will be building this site incrementally and beg for your patience in the meantime!

Taxonomic
Alphabetical
Platythyreini
Platythyrea
Ponerini
Odontomachus
Odontoponera
Pachycondyla
Phrynoponera
Plectroctena
Ponera
Psalidomyrmex
Simopelta
Streblognathos
Thaumatomyrmecini
Thaumatomyrmex
Fossil Genera (incertae sedis)
Archiponera*
Ponerites*
Poneropsis*
Protopone*
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