Dorylus nigricans

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Dorylus nigricans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Dorylus
Species: D. nigricans
Binomial name
Dorylus nigricans
Illiger, 1802

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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.


A member of the Dorylus nigricans-group.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone (type locality), United Republic of Tanzania.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Life History Traits

  • Mean colony size: 1,036,800 (Vosseler, 1905; Beckers et al., 1989)
  • Foraging behaviour: group hunter (Vosseler, 1905; Beckers et al., 1989)





The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • nigricans. Dorylus nigricans Illiger, 1802: 188 (m.) SIERRA LEONE. Mayr, 1896: 225 (w.); Forel, 1912j: 177 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1984: 268 (l.). Combination in D. (Anomma): Emery, 1895j: 710; in Anomma: Menozzi, 1942: 165. Current subspecies: nominal plus arcens, burmeisteri, molestus, pallidus, rubellus, sjostedti, sjostedtiwilverthi, terrificus. See also: Santschi, 1930a: 55; Raignier & Boven, 1955: 70.