Dorylus rufescens

AntWiki: The Ants --- Online
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Dorylus rufescens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Dorylus
Species: D. rufescens
Binomial name
Dorylus rufescens
Santschi, 1915

Dorylus rufescens casent0904493 p 1 high.jpg

Dorylus rufescens casent0904493 d 1 high.jpg

Specimen Labels


A member of the Dorylus nigricans-group.


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 3.8° to 0.783333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Cameroun (type locality), Gambia, Senegal.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

Check data from AntWeb




The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • rufescens. Dorylus nigricans st. rufescens Santschi, 1915c: 247 (w.q.) GABON (attributed to Wasmann).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated), 3 syntype queens.
    • Type-locality: Gabon: Samkita (F. Faure).
    • Type-depository: NHMB.
    • As nomen nudum: Emery, 1910b: 12; Santschi, 1912b: 161; Santschi, 1914d: 332.
    • As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 741; Menozzi, 1926a: 39; Santschi, 1930a: 56; Menozzi, 1942: 165; Eidmann, 1944: 469; Raignier & van Boven, 1955: 27.
    • Status as species: Santschi, 1931d: 407; Bolton, 1995b: 180.
    • Distribution: Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Nigeria.



  • Santschi, F. 1915c. Nouvelles fourmis d'Afrique. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 84: 244-282 (page 247, worker, queen described)
  • Santschi, F. 1931e. La reine du Dorylus fulvus Westw. Bull. Soc. Hist. Nat. Afr. Nord 22: 401-408 (page 407, Raised to species)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Baroni Urbani C. 1977. Katalog der Typen von Formicidae (Hymenoptera) der Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Basel (2. Teil). Mitt. Entomol. Ges. Basel (n.s.) 27: 61-102.
  • Borowiec L., and S. Salata. 2018. Notes on ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Gambia (Western Africa). Annals of the Upper Silesian Museum in Bytom Entomology 26: 1-13.
  • Menozzi C. 1942. Formiche dell'isola Fernando Poo e del territorio del Rio Muni (Guinea Spagnola). 24. Beitrag zu den wissenschaftlichen Ergebnissen der Forschungsreise H. Eidmann nach Spanisch-Guinea 1939 bis 1940. Zoologischer Anzeiger 140: 164-182.
  • Santschi F. 1915. Nouvelles fourmis d'Afrique. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 84: 244-282.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 711-1004