Aenictus decolor

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Aenictus decolor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Aenictus
Species: A. decolor
Binomial name
Aenictus decolor
(Mayr, 1879)

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Specimen Labels

Synonyms

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Cameroun, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • decolor. Typhlatta decolor Mayr, 1879: 668 (diagnosis in key) (w.) EAST AFRICA (no state data).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: none given, “Ost Afrika”.
    • Type-depository: NHMW.
    • Gotwald & Leroux, 1980: 602 (q.).
    • Combination in Aenictus: Dalla Torre, 1893: 7.
    • Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 7; Emery, 1895j: 746; Emery, 1910b: 31; Arnold, 1915: 143; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 751; Gotwald & Leroux, 1980: 600; Bolton, 1995b: 59; Hita Garcia, et al. 2013: 201.
    • Senior synonym of batesi: Gotwald & Leroux, 1980: 600; Bolton, 1995b: 59.
    • Senior synonym of bidentatus: Gotwald & Leroux, 1980: 600; Bolton, 1995b: 59.
    • Distribution: Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria.
  • batesi. Aenictus batesi Forel, 1911e: 255 (w.) NIGERIA.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Nigeria: Old Calabar (H.W. Bates).
    • Type-depositories: MHNG, NHMB.
    • Status as species: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 751.
    • Junior synonym of decolor: Gotwald & Leroux, 1980: 600; Bolton, 1995b: 58.
  • bidentatus. Aenictus (Aenictus) bidentatus Donisthorpe, 1942e: 701 (w.) GHANA.
    • Type-material: 7 syntype workers.
    • Type-locality: Ghana (“Gold Coast”): E.P. Tafo, ix.1940, No. 1352, ex cocoa (G.S. Cotterell).
    • [Note: type-locality incorrectly recorded as New Guinea by Chapman & Capco, 1951: 10.]
    • Type-depository: BMNH.
    • Junior synonym of decolor: Gotwald & Leroux, 1980: 600; Bolton, 1995b: 59.

Description

References

  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 7, Combination in Aenictus)
  • Gotwald, W. H., Jr.; Leroux, J. M. 1980. Taxonomy of the African army ant, Aenictus decolor (Mayr), with a description of the queen (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 82: 599-608 (page 602, queen described; page 600, senior synonym of batesi and bidentatus)
  • Mayr, G. 1879. Beiträge zur Ameisen-Fauna Asiens. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 28: 645-686 (page 668, worker described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Baroni Urbani C. 1977. Katalog der Typen von Formicidae (Hymenoptera) der Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Basel (2. Teil). Mitt. Entomol. Ges. Basel (n.s.) 27: 61-102.
  • Chapman, J.W. and S.R. Capco. 1951. Check list of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Asia. Monographs of the Institute of Science and Technology (Manila) 1: 1- 327
  • Donisthorpe H. 1942. New species of ants (Hym., Formicidae) from the Gold Coast, Borneo, Celebes, New Guinea and New Hebrides. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (11)9:701-709.
  • Gotwald W. H. Jr., J.M. Leroux. 1980. Taxonomy of the African army ant, Aenictus decolor (Mayr), with a description of the queen (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 82:599-608.
  • Hita Garcia F., E. Wiesel, G. Fischer. 2013. The ants of Kenya (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)—faunal overview, first species checklist, bibliography, accounts for all genera, and discussion on taxonomy and zoogeography. Journal of East African Natural History 101: 127-222.
  • Hita Garcia, F., G. Fischer, M.K. Peters, R.R. Snelling and H.W. Wagele. 2009. A preliminary checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Kakamega Forest (Kenya). Journal of East African Natural HIstory 98(2): 147-165.
  • Kone M., S. Konate, K. Yeo, P. K. Kouassi, K. E. Linsemair. 2010. Diversity and abundance of terrrestrial ants along a gradient of land use intensification in a transitional forest-savannah zone of Cote d'Ivoire. Journal of Applied Biosciences 29: 1809-1827.
  • Medler J. T. 1980: Insects of Nigeria - Check list and bibliography. Mem. Amer. Ent. Inst. 30: i-vii, 1-919.
  • Taylor B., N. Agoinon, A. Sinzogan, A. Adandonon, Y. N'Da Kouagou, S. Bello, R. Wargui, F. Anato, I. Ouagoussounon, H. Houngbo, S. Tchibozo, R. Todjhounde, and J. F. Vayssieres. 2018. Records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the Republic of Benin, with particular reference to the mango farm ecosystem. Journal of Insect Biodiversity 8(1): 006–029.