Dorylus braunsi

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Dorylus braunsi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Dorylus
Species: D. braunsi
Binomial name
Dorylus braunsi
Emery, 1895

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Specimen Labels




Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 0.38° to -34°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Liberia (type locality), Zimbabwe, 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.


Association with Other Organisms

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  • This species is a associate (details unknown) for the phorid fly Aenigmatopoeus sodalis (a associate (details unknown)) (Quevillon, 2018).
  • This species is a associate (details unknown) for the phorid fly Diplonevra brincki (a associate (details unknown)) (Quevillon, 2018).
  • This species is a associate (details unknown) for the phorid fly Puliciphora rufipes (a associate (details unknown)) (Quevillon, 2018).


Images from AntWeb

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Worker. Specimen code casent0217159. Photographer Erin Prado, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by CAS, San Francisco, CA, USA.
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Worker. Specimen code casent0217463. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by CAS, San Francisco, CA, USA.
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Syntype of Dorylus braunsiWorker (major/soldier). Specimen code casent0903700. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MSNG, Genoa, Italy.
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Syntype of Dorylus braunsiWorker. Specimen code casent0903701. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MSNG, Genoa, Italy.


Relationships among selected Dorylus species based on Kronauer et al. (2007).


Dorylus laevigatus

Dorylus conradti

Dorylus orientalis

Dorylus fimbriatus laevipodex

Dorylus fulvus

Dorylus spininodis

Dorylus mayri

Dorylus nigricans rubellus

Dorylus nigricans molestus

Dorylus nigricans terrificus

Dorylus wilverthi

Dorylus nigricans burmeisteri

Dorylus nigricans sjostedti

Dorylus nigricans arcens

Dorylus nigricans

Dorylus emeryi

Dorylus gerstaeckeri

Dorylus gribodoi

Dorylus kohli

Dorylus emeryi opacus

Dorylus braunsi

Dorylus affinis

Dorylus helvolus


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

  • braunsi. Dorylus (Dorylus) braunsi Emery, 1895j: 718, fig. G (w.) LIBERIA.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-localities: Liberia: (no further data) (H. Brauns), and Congo: Boma Sunda (no collector’s name).
    • Type-depositories: MRHN, MSNG, NHMB.
    • Status as species: Emery, 1901c: 196 (in key); Emery, 1910b: 10; Santschi, 1910c: 352; Arnold, 1915: 120 (redescription); Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 730; Santschi, 1924b: 198; Arnold, 1926: 220; van Boven & Lévieux, 1970: 353; Bolton, 1995b: 178; Hita Garcia, et al. 2013: 203.
    • Senior synonym of impressus: Santschi, 1924b: 198; Bolton, 1995b: 178.
    • Distribution: Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Zimbabwe.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus anceps.
  • impressus. Dorylus (Dorylus) helvolus var. impressus Stitz, 1910: 127 (s.w.) EQUATORIAL GUINEA.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Equatorial Guinea (“Spanish Guinea”): Alen (Tessmann).
    • Type-depository: MNHU.
    • Subspecies of helvolus: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 733.
    • Junior synonym of braunsi: Santschi, 1924b: 198; Bolton, 1995b: 179.



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.
  • Boven J. K. A. 1967. Formicides du Musée de Dundo (Angola) (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Publicações Culturais da Companhia de Diamantes de Angola 76: 63-75.
  • Boven J. K. A. van, and J. Levieux. 1970. Les Dorylinae de la savane de Lamto (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ann. Univ. Abidjan Sér. E (Écol.) 1(2): 351-358.
  • Braet Y., and B. Taylor. 2008. Mission entomologique au Parc National de Pongara (Gabon). Bilan des Formicidae (Hymenoptera) recoltes. Bulletin S. R. B. E./K.B.V.E. 144: 157-169.
  • Emery C. 1895. Die Gattung Dorylus Fab. und die systematische Eintheilung der Formiciden. Zoologische Jahrbücher. Abteilung für Systematik, Geographie und Biologie der Tiere 8: 685-778.
  • Emery C. 1910. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Dorylinae. Genera Insectorum 102: 1-34.
  • IZIKO South Africa Museum Collection
  • Santschi F. 1910. Formicides nouveaux ou peu connus du Congo français. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 78: 349-400.
  • Stitz H. 1910. Westafrikanische Ameisen. I. Mitteilungen aus dem Zoologischen Museum in Berlin 5: 125-151.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 711-1004