Please welcome the shiny new ant genera Tanipone and Vicinopone to the world’s ant fauna!

Tanipone aversa holotype worker (Madagascar)

Vicinopone conciliatrix (Ghana)

The new genera emerge from a detailed taxonomic study of the Malagasy and Afrotropical genus Simopone, published this week by Barry Bolton and Brian Fisher in an open-access monograph in Zootaxa.


source: Bolton B., Fisher B.L. 2012. Taxonomy of the cerapachyine ant genera Simopone Forel, Vicinopone gen. n. and Tanipone gen. n. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 3283: 1–101.