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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 7, pages 37-51, published August 2015

Taxonomic studies on ant genus Hypoponera (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae) from India

HIMENDER BHARTI*, SHAHID ALI AKBAR, AIJAZ AHMAD WACHKOO & JOGINDER SINGH

Department of Zoology and Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala – 147002, India

DOI: 10.20362/am.007005

© H. Bharti, S. A. Akbar, A. A. Wachkoo & J. Singh

Abstract: The Indian species of the ant genus Hypoponera Santschi, 1938 are treated herewith. Eight species are recognized of which three are described as new and two infraspecific taxa are raised to species level. The eight Indian species are: H. aitkenii (Forel, 1900) stat. nov., H. assmuthi (Forel, 1905), H. confinis (Roger, 1860), H. kashmirensis sp. nov., H. shattucki sp. nov., H. ragusai (Emery, 1894), H. schmidti sp. nov. and H. wroughtonii (Forel, 1900) stat. nov. An identification key based on the worker caste of Indian species is provided.

Keywords: New species, ants, Formicidae, Ponerinae, Hypoponera, India.

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