Ponerinae is one of the larger subfamilies of ants, with some 1600 species. It contains only two tribes; all the ants on this page are in the nominate tribe, Ponerini. The other tribe, Platythyreini, contains only the genus Platythyrea.
These are predacious ants whose nests are found in soil, decaying logs, and amid detritus on the forest floor. Unlike the many ants that use their mandibles as the chief means of defense and offense, ponerine ants also have the ability to deliver a sting, quite painful in some species.
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