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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Melophorini
Genus: Diodontolepis
Wheeler, W.M., 1920
Type species
Melophorus spinisquamis, now Notoncus spinisquamis

Notoncus spinisquamis side view

Notoncus spinisquamis top view

Specimen labels

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


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

  • DIODONTOLEPIS [junior synonym of Notoncus]
    • Diodontolepis Wheeler, W.M. 1920: 53. Type-species: Melophorus spinisquamis, by original designation.
    • Diodontolepis junior synonym of Melophorus: Emery, 1925b: 11.
    • Diodontolepis revived status as genus: Wheeler, W.M. 1935c: 71.
    • Diodontolepis junior synonym of Notoncus: Brown, 1955d: 477.


  • Bolton, B. 1994. Identification guide to the ant genera of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 222 pp. (page 50, Diodontolepis as junior synonym of Notoncus)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 110, Diodontolepis as junior synonym of Notoncus)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1955d. A revision of the Australian ant genus Notoncus Emery, with notes on the other genera of Melophorini. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 113: 471-494 (page 477, Diodontolepis as junior synonym of Notoncus)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1943g. A list of the type-species of the genera and subgenera of the Formicidae. [part]. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 11(10): 617-688 (page 639, Diodontolepis as genus)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 11, Diodontolepis in Formicinae, Melophorini; Diodontolepis as junior synonym of Melophorus)
  • Taylor, R. W. 1987a. A checklist of the ants of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). CSIRO Div. Entomol. Rep. 41: 1-92 (page 47, Diodontolepis as junior synonym of Notoncus)
  • Taylor, R. W. 1992a. Nomenclature and distribution of some Australian and New Guinean ants of the subfamily Formicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Aust. Entomol. Soc. 31: 57-69 (page 61, Diodontolepis as junior synonym of Notoncus)
  • Taylor, R. W.; Brown, D. R. 1985. Formicoidea. Zool. Cat. Aust. 2:1- 149: 1-149, 30 (page 125, Diodontolepis as junior synonym of Notoncus)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1985b. A simplified conspectus of the Formicidae. Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 111: 255-264 (page 258, Diodontolepis as genus (anachronism))
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1920. The subfamilies of Formicidae, and other taxonomic notes. Psyche (Camb.) 27: 46-55 (page 53, Diodontolepis as genus)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922i. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VII. Keys to the genera and subgenera of ants. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 631-710 (page 694, Diodontolepis in Formicinae, Melophorini)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1935c. Myrmecological notes. Psyche (Camb.) 42: 68-72 (page 71, Diodontolepis in Formicinae, Melophorini; as genus)