Anoplolepis fallax

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Anoplolepis fallax
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Anoplolepis
Species: A. fallax
Binomial name
Anoplolepis fallax
(Mayr, 1865)

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: South Africa (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • fallax. Plagiolepis fallax Mayr, 1865: 54 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Forel, 1910f: 24 (q.). Combination in Plagiolepis (Zealleyella): Arnold, 1922: 589; in Anoplolepis: Emery, 1925b: 17. Subspecies of custodiens: Mayr, 1893: 5; Arnold, 1922: 589. Revived status as species: Emery, 1925b: 17.



  • Arnold, G. 1922. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part V. Myrmicinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 579-674 (page 589, combination in Plagiolepis (Zealleyella))
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 67, catalogue)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 17, combination in Anoplolepis)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 17, revived status as species)
  • Forel, A. 1910e. Zoologische und anthropologische Ergebnisse einer Forschungsreise im westlichen und zentralen Südafrika ausgeführt in den Jahren 1903-1905 von Dr. Leonhard Schultze. Vierter Band. Systematik und Tiergeographie. D) Formicidae. Denkschr. M (page 24, queen described)
  • Mayr, G. 1865. Formicidae. In: Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte "Novara" um die Erde in den Jahren 1857, 1858, 1859. Zoologischer Theil. Bd. II. Abt. 1. Wien: K. Gerold's Sohn, 119 pp. (page 54, worker described)
  • Mayr, G. 1893b. Formiciden von Herrn Dr. Fr. Stuhlmann in Ost-Afrika gesammelt. Jahrb. Hambg. Wiss. Anst. 10: 194-201 (page 195?, race of custodiens)