Dorylus nigricans rubellus

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Dorylus nigricans rubellus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Dorylus
Species: D. nigricans
Subspecies: D. nigricans rubellus
Trinomial name
Dorylus nigricans rubellus
(Savage, 1849)



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -3.181442° to -5.85°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on type material

"West Africa" (type locality).

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.

  • rubellus. Anomma rubella Savage, 1849: 196 (w.) CONGO.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Congo: Mpongive Dist., “banks of the Gaboon River, near the Equator” (T.S. Savage).
    • Type-depository: ANSP (perhaps also OXUM as some specimens were sent to J.O. Westwood).
    • Combination in Dorylus (Anomma): Emery, 1895j: 710.
    • As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Santschi, 1910c: 352; Santschi, 1912b: 157 (in key); Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 740; Santschi, 1925h: 160; Raignier & van Boven, 1955: 24, 72.
    • Status as species: Smith, F. 1858b: 199; Roger, 1861a: 47; Roger, 1863b: 21; Mayr, 1863: 395; Scudder, 1891: 686; Forel, 1907g: 77.
    • Subspecies of burmeisteri: Emery, 1892d: 554; Dalla Torre, 1893: 9; Wasmann, 1904b: 675.
    • Subspecies of nigricans: Emery, 1895j: 701; Emery, 1910b: 12; Forel, 1911f: 275; Santschi, 1911g: 206; Forel, 1913h: 348; Santschi, 1930a: 56 (in list); Santschi, 1930b: 54; Bolton, 1995b: 180.
    • Distribution: Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Tanzania.

=Taxonomic Notes

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