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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Zealleyella
Arnold, 1922
Type species
Formica custodiens, now Anoplolepis custodiens

Anoplolepis custodiens casent0170537 profile 1.jpg

Anoplolepis custodiens casent0170537 dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen Label

This genus is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Anoplolepis.


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

  • ZEALLEYELLA [junior synonym of Anoplolepis]
    • Zealleyella Arnold, 1922: 579 (diagnosis in key) [as subgenus of Plagiolepis]. Type-species: Formica custodiens, by subsequent designation of Santschi, 1926a: 14.
    • Zealleyella subgenus of Anoplolepis: Santschi, 1926a: 14.
    • Zealleyella junior synonym of Anoplolepis: Bolton, 2003: 96, 267.


  • Arnold, G. 1922. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part V. Myrmicinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 579-674 (page 579, Zealleyella; (diagnosis in key) as subgenus of Plagiolepis)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 96, 267, Zealleyella as junior synonym of Anoplolepis)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1973b. A comparison of the Hylean and Congo-West African rain forest ant faunas. Pp. 161-185 in: Meggers, B. J., Ayensu, E. S., Duckworth, W. D. (eds.) Tropical forest ecosystems in Africa and South America: a comparative review. Wash (page 185, Zealleyella as junior synonym of Anoplolepis (provisonal))
  • Santschi, F. 1926a. Trois notes myrmécologiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 95: 13-28 (page 14, Type-species: Formica custodiens, by subsequent designation; Zealleyella as subgenus of Anoplolepis)