Dorylus erraticus

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Dorylus erraticus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Dorylus
Species: D. erraticus
Binomial name
Dorylus erraticus
(Smith, F., 1865)

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Specimen Labels


A member of the Dorylus nigricans-group.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Guinea-Bissau.

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.

  • erraticus. Anomma erratica Smith, F. 1865: 71 (w.) AFRICA (not New Guinea as stated; see: Wilson, 1964a: 443). Combination in Dorylus: Emery, 1910b: 15; in D. (Anomma): Donisthorpe, 1932c: 473.

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Anomma erratica

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “New Guinea.” Locality in error as this is definitely an Afrotropical species. Correct locality may be Guinea.



  • Donisthorpe, H. 1932c. On the identity of Smith's types of Formicidae (Hymenoptera) collected by Alfred Russell Wallace in the Malay Archipelago, with descriptions of two new species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 10(10): 441-476 (page 473, Combination in D. (Anomma))
  • Emery, C. 1910b. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Dorylinae. Genera Insectorum 102: 1-34 (page 15, Combination in Dorylus)
  • Smith, F. 1865a. Descriptions of new species of hymenopterous insects from the islands of Sumatra, Sula, Gilolo, Salwatty, and New Guinea, collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 8: 61-94 (page 71, worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 1964a. The true army ants of the Indo-Australian area (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dorylinae). Pac. Insects 6: 427-483 (page 443, see also)