Eciton burchellii cupiens

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Eciton burchellii cupiens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Eciton
Species: E. burchellii
Subspecies: E. burchellii cupiens
Trinomial name
Eciton burchellii cupiens
Santschi, 1923

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia, Colombia, French Guiana (type locality), Guyana, Peru, Suriname.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • cupiens. Eciton burchelli st. cupiens Santschi, 1923c: 249 (m.) FRENCH GUIANA.
    • Type-material: 3 syntype males.
    • Type-localities: French Guiana: 1 male Roches des Kourou (Le Moult), 2 males St-Jean du Maroni (Le Moult).
    • Type-depository: NHMB.
    • Wheeler, W.M. 1921d: 293 (s.w.q.).
    • [Note: Wheeler, W.M. 1921d: 293 described s.w.q. as burchellii, misidentification; these specimens transferred to cupiens by Borgmeier, 1955: 178.]
    • Subspecies of burchellii: Borgmeier, 1955: 190 (redescription); Kempf, 1972a: 101; Kempf, 1975c: 373; Brandão, 1991: 341; Bolton, 1995b: 184; Bezděčková, et al. 2015: 109.
    • Senior synonym of jeanae: Borgmeier, 1955: 178; Kempf, 1972a: 101; Bolton, 1995b: 184.
    • Distribution: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Venezuela.
  • jeanae. Eciton burchelli subsp. jeanae Weber, 1941c: 329 (in text) (s.w.q.) GUYANA.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated), 1 syntype queen.
    • Type-locality: Guyana (“British Guiana”): nr where Oronque River joins New River, ca 2°42’N, 21.vii.1936 (N.A. Weber).
    • Type-depositories: AMNH, MCZC.
    • Weber, 1943a: 89 (q.).
    • Junior synonym of cupiens: Borgmeier, 1955: 178; Kempf, 1972a: 101; Bolton, 1995b: 185.



  • Borgmeier, T. 1955. Die Wanderameisen der neotropischen Region. Stud. Entomol. 3: 1-720 (page 178, Senior synonym of jeanae)
  • Santschi, F. 1923c. Solenopsis et autres fourmis néotropicales. Rev. Suisse Zool. 30: 245-273 (page 249, male described )
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1921d. Observations on army ants in British Guiana. Proc. Am. Acad. Arts Sci. 56: 291-328 (page 293, soldier, worker, queen described [as burchellii; see Borgmeier, 1955b: 178])