Dorylus nigricans burmeisteri

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Dorylus nigricans burmeisteri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Dorylus
Species: D. nigricans
Subspecies: D. nigricans burmeisteri
Trinomial name
Dorylus nigricans burmeisteri
(Shuckard, 1840)

This species appears to be extremely common and widely distributed across sub-Saharan forests (Taylor et al., 2018).



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 13.38675° to -5.966666°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Benin, Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, Sierra Leone (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.




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.

  • burmeisteri. Anomma burmeisteri Shuckard, 1840c: 326 (w.) SIERRA LEONE.
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Sierra Leone: (no further data) (D.F. Morgan).
    • Type-depository: BMNH.
    • Emery, 1895j: 710 (m.); Raignier & van Boven, 1955: 93 (q.).
    • Combination in Dorylus (Anomma): Emery, 1895j: 710.
    • Status as species: Smith, F. 1858b: 114; Roger, 1861a: 46; Roger, 1863b: 20; Mayr, 1863: 395; Emery, 1881a: 271; Emery, 1892d: 554; Dalla Torre, 1893: 9; Mayr, 1893: 200; André, 1895a: 5; Wasmann, 1904b: 675; Stitz, 1916: 373; Santschi, 1921c: 115.
    • Junior synonym of nigricans: Emery, 1895j: 710; Emery, 1910b: 12; Wheeler, W.M. 1911f: 159.
    • Subspecies of nigricans: Wasmann, 1904b: 671; Mayr, 1907b: 7; Santschi, 1910c: 352; Santschi, 1912b: 157 (in key); Santschi, 1914b: 62; Santschi, 1914d: 332; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 46, 738; Santschi, 1925h: 160; Menozzi, 1926a: 39; Santschi, 1930a: 56 (in list); Santschi, 1937b: 96; Menozzi, 1942: 165; Weber, 1943c: 288; Eidmann, 1944: 426; Bernard, 1953b: 218; Raignier & van Boven, 1955: 93; Bolton, 1995b: 178; Hita Garcia, et al. 2013: 204.
    • Distribution: Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania (+ Zanzibar).

Taxonomic Notes

Kronauer et al. (2007) and Taylor et al. (2018) treat this taxon as a full species rather than a subspecies.