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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Alistruma
Brown, 1948
Type species
Epopostruma foliacea, now Colobostruma foliacea

Colobostruma foliacea psw10121-13 profile 1.jpg

Colobostruma foliacea psw10121-13 dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen Label

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


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

  • ALISTRUMA [junior synonym of Colobostruma]
    • Alistruma Brown, 1948e: 117. Type-species: Epopostruma foliacea, by original designation.
    • Alistruma junior synonym of Colobostruma: Brown, 1959c: 1.


  • Bolton, B. 1999. Ant genera of the tribe Dacetonini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Nat. Hist. 3 33: 1639-1689 (page 1679, Alistruma as junior synonym of Colobostruma)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 186, Alistruma as junior synonym of Colobostruma)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1948e. A preliminary generic revision of the higher Dacetini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 74: 101-129 (page 117, Alistruma in Myrmicinae, Dacetini)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1959b. A revision of the dacetine ant genus Neostruma. Breviora 107: 1-13 (page 1, Alistruma as junior synonym of Colobostruma)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr.; Wilson, E. O. 1959b. The evolution of the dacetine ants. Q. Rev. Biol. 34: 278-294 (page 281, Alistruma as junior synonym of Colobostruma)
  • Shattuck, S. O. 2000. Genus Colobostruma. Genus Mesostruma. Genus Epopostruma. Pp. 31-67 in: Bolton, B. The ant tribe Dacetini. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 65: 1-1028 (page 31, Alistruma as junior synonym of Colobostruma)