Dorylus fulvus

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Dorylus fulvus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Dorylus
Species: D. fulvus
Binomial name
Dorylus fulvus
(Westwood, 1839)

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Specimen Labels

Evolutionary Relationships

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

Based on Kronauer et al., 2007. Note only selected Dorylus species are included, and undescribed species are excluded.

Arnold (1915) observed these ants tending an unidentified Membracidae, one of just a few rare records of an army ant associating with honeydew producing insects.

Photo Gallery

  • Dorylus fulvus worker, Israel. Photo by Eran Schnecke.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Central African Republic, Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, United Republic of Tanzania, Zimbabwe.
Oriental Region: India.
Palaearctic Region: Algeria, Balearic Islands, Oman, Turkey.

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.

  • fulvus. Typhlopone fulva Westwood, 1839: 219, fig. 86 (w.) NORTH AFRICA. Emery, 1895j: 723 (m.). Combination in Dorylus: Dalla Torre, 1893: 10; in D. (Typhlopone): Emery, 1895j: 723. Senior synonym of kirbii: Smith, F. 1858b: 110; Mayr, 1863: 457; of clausii, dahlbomii, shuckardi, spinolae, thwaitsii: Emery, 1895j: 723. Current subspecies: nominal plus badius, crosi, dentifrons, eurous, glabratus, juvenculus, mordax, obscurior, punicus, ruficeps, saharensis.
  • dahlbomii. Typhlopone dahlbomii Westwood, 1840b: 88, pl. 2, fig. 3 (w.) no locality given. Combination in Dorylus: Dalla Torre, 1893: 10. Junior synonym of fulvus: Emery, 1895j: 723.
  • kirbii. Labidus (Typhlopone) kirbii Shuckard, 1840b: 265 (w.) no locality given. Junior synonym of fulvus: Smith, F. 1858b: 110; Mayr, 1863: 457.
  • shuckardi. Typhlopone shuckardi Westwood, 1840b: 88, pl.2, fig. 2 (w.) no locality given. Junior synonym of fulvus: Emery, 1895j: 723.
  • spinolae. Labidus (Typhlopone) spinolae Shuckard, 1840c: 327 (w.) no locality given. Combination in Dorylus: Dalla Torre, 1893: 13. Junior synonym of fulvus: Emery, 1895j: 723.
  • thwaitsii. Labidus (Typhlopone) thwaitsii Shuckard, 1840c: 326 (w.) no locality given. Combination in Dorylus: Dalla Torre, 1893: 13. Junior synonym of fulvus: Emery, 1895j: 723.
  • clausii. Typhlopone clausii Joseph, 1882: 47 (w.) NORTH AFRICA. Combination in Dorylus: André, 1882c: 252. Junior synonym of juvenculus: Emery, 1891b: 1. Revived from synonymy as subspecies of juvenculus: Dalla Torre, 1893: 12. Junior synonym of fulvus: Emery, 1895j: 723.



  • Arnold G. 1915. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part I. Ponerinae, Dorylinae. Annals of the South African Museum. 14: 1 – 159.
  • Barth, M.B., Moritz, R.F.A., Pirk, C.W.W., Kraus, F.B. 2013. Male-biased dispersal promotes large scale gene flow in a subterranean army ant, Dorylus (Typhlopone) fulvus. Population Ecology (DOI 10.1007/s10144-013-0383-4).
  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 10, Combination in Dorylus)
  • Emery, C. 1895l. Die Gattung Dorylus Fab. und die systematische Eintheilung der Formiciden. Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Geogr. Biol. Tiere 8: 685-778 (page 723, male described, Combination in D. (Typhlopone), Senior synonym of clausii, dahlbomii, shuckardi, spinolae and thwaitsii)
  • Kronauer, D. J. C.; Schöning, C.; Vilhelmsen, L. B.; Boomsma, J. J. 2007. A molecular phylogeny of Dorylus army ants provides evidence for multiple evolutionary transitions in foraging niche. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7: Article 56 (doi:10.1186/1471-2148-7-56).
  • Mayr, G. 1863a. Formicidarum index synonymicus. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 13: 385-460 (page 457, Senior synonym of kirbii)
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 110, Senior synonym of kirbii)
  • Westwood, J. O. 1839a. An introduction to the modern classification of insects; founded on the natural habits and corresponding organisation of the different families. Volume 2. Part XI. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green and Longmans, pp. 193-224. (page 219, fig. 86 worker described)