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P. clavata, or bullet ant, the sole extant member of the subfamily Paraponerinae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Paraponerinae
Emery, 1901
Tribe: Paraponerini
Emery, 1901
Genus: Paraponera
F. Smith, 1858
Type species
Formica clavata

Paraponera is a genus of ants in the subfamily Paraponerinae.[1] It is the only genus in the subfamily and consists of two species: the extant Paraponera clavata, also known as a bullet ant, hunting ant, or lesser giant hunting ant, found in the Neotropics. The very small[2] fossil species Paraponera dieteri known from Dominican amber (Early Miocene; 16-19 million years ago).[3]



  1. ^ "Genus: Paraponera". AntWeb. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Baroni Urbani, C. (1994). "The identity of the Dominican Paraponera (Amber Collection Stuttgart: Hymenoptera, Formicidae. V: Ponerinae, partim)". Stuttgarter Beitrage zur Naturkunde (B): 1–9. 
  3. ^ "Species: †Paraponera dieteri". AntWeb. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Paraponera at Wikimedia Commons