Monomorium excelsior

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Monomorium excelsior
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species: M. excelsior
Binomial name
Monomorium excelsior
Arnold, 1926

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Afrotropical Region: South Africa (type locality).

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • excelsior. Monomorium tchelichofi var. excelsior Arnold, 1926: 227 (w.m.) SOUTH AFRICA. Raised to species and senior synonym of speculiceps: Bolton, 1987: 344.
  • speculiceps. Monomorium (Xeromyrmex) speculiceps Santschi, 1928f: 191, fig. 3 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Junior synonym of excelsior: Bolton, 1987: 344.



  • Arnold, G. 1926. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Appendix. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 23: 191-295 (page 227, worker, male described)
  • Bolton, B. 1987. A review of the Solenopsis genus-group and revision of Afrotropical Monomorium Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 54: 263-452 (page 344, Raised to species, and senior synonym of speculiceps)