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The Amblyoponinae (as a tribe of Ponerinae) was first explicitly defined in terms of synapomorphies by Ward (1994). Bolton (2003) raised the group to subfamily status, included the aberrant genus Adetomyrma, and listed their synapomorphies. Saux et al. (2004) redefined the subfamily to include the genus Apomyrma, based on molecular evidence (28S rDNA), and gave the following simple diagnosis:
- Dentiform setae present on clypeus (all known taxa except Apomyrma, Amblyopone mutica, and similar species), labrum (Apomyrma), or both (a few Amblyopone species).
- Petiole broadly attached to abdominal segment III, without a distinctly descending posterior face (present in Apomyrma).
Bolton, B. 1994. Identification Guide to the Ant Genera of the World. 222 pp. Cambridge, Mass.
Bolton, B. 1995. A New General Catalog of the Ants of the World. 504 pp. Cambridge, Mass.
Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. 370 pp. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute, Vol. 71. Gainesville, FL.
Hölldobler, B. and E. O. Wilson. 1990. The Ants. 732 pp. Harvard University Press.
Saux, C., B. L. Fisher, and G. S. Spicer. 2004. Dracula ant phylogeny as inferred by nuclear 28S rDNA sequences and implications for ant systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Amblyoponinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 33: 457-468.
Schoeters, E. , F. Ito, H. Miyata, and J. Billen. 1999. Aberrant venom glands in Amblyoponini: morphology, ultrastructure and histochemistry. Acta Zoologica 80: 3-9.
Ward, P. S. 1994. Adetomyrma, an enigmatic new ant genus from Madagascar, and its implications for ant phylogeny. Systematic Entomology 19: 159-175.
Wheeler, G. C. & Wheeler, J. 1976. Ant larvae: review and synthesis. Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Washington 74: 1-108.
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