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Paraponera clavata casent0003165 profile 1.jpg
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
2 species

Paraponera is a genus of ants and the only genus in the subfamily Paraponerinae.[2] The name means "near-Ponera".[3]

It consists of two species: the extant Paraponera clavata, also known as a bullet ant, found in the Neotropics, and the very small[4] fossil species Paraponera dieteri known from Dominican amber (Early Miocene; 16-19 million years ago).[5]



  1. ^ Bolton, B. (2014). "Paraponera". AntCat. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Genus: Paraponera". AntWeb. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Wheeler, George C. (1956). Myrmecological Orthoepy and Onomatology (PDF). University of North Dakota Press. pp. 4, 17. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Species: †Paraponera dieteri". AntWeb. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Paraponera at Wikimedia Commons