Calyptomyrmex piripilis

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Calyptomyrmex piripilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Calyptomyrmex
Species: C. piripilis
Binomial name
Calyptomyrmex piripilis
Santschi, 1923

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Specimen labels

At a Glance • Ergatoid queen  


Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -0.317° to -28.95°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (type locality), Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zimbabwe.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.



Ergatoid queens described by Bolton (1981, p. 65)


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

  • piripilis. Calyptomyrmex piripilis Santschi, 1923e: 282 (w.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.
    • Bolton, 1981a: 65 (q.).
    • Status as species: Bolton, 1981a: 65 (redescription); Bolton, 1995b: 83; Hita Garcia, et al. 2013: 208.
    • Senior synonym of cataractae: Bolton, 1981a: 65; Bolton, 1995b: 83.
    • Senior synonym of litoralis: Bolton, 1981a: 65; Bolton, 1995b: 83.
    • Senior synonym of punctatus: Bolton, 1981a: 65; Bolton, 1995b: 83.
  • cataractae. Calyptomyrmex cataractae Arnold, 1926: 283 (w.) ZIMBABWE.
    • Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1973a: 35 (l.).
    • Status as species: Arnold, 1948: 221.
    • Junior synonym of piripilis: Bolton, 1981a: 65; Bolton, 1995b: 83.
  • litoralis. Calyptomyrmex cataractae subsp. litoralis Arnold, 1948: 221 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA.
    • Junior synonym of piripilis: Bolton, 1981a: 65; Bolton, 1995b: 83.
  • punctatus. Calyptomyrmex (Calyptomyrmex) punctatus Weber, 1952a: 24, figs. 19, 21, 23 (w.) KENYA.
    • Junior synonym of piripilis: Bolton, 1981a: 65; Bolton, 1995b: 83.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Arnold G. 1948. New species of African Hymenoptera. No. 8. Occasional Papers of the National Museum of Southern Rhodesia 2: 213-250.
  • Bolton B. 1981. A revision of the ant genera Meranoplus F. Smith, Dicroaspis Emery and Calyptomyrmex Emery (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Ethiopian zoogeographical region. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 42: 43-81.
  • CSIRO Collection
  • Garcia F.H., Wiesel E. and Fischer G. 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(2): 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.
  • IZIKO South Africa Museum Collection
  • Ross S. R. P. J., F. Hita Garcia, G. Fischer, and M. K. Peters. 2018. Selective logging intensity in an East African rain forest predicts reductions in ant diversity. Biotropica 1-11.
  • Weber N. A. 1952. Studies on African Myrmicinae, I (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). American Museum Novitates 1548: 1-32.