Leptanilloides sculpturatus

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Leptanilloides sculpturatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Leptanilloides
Species: L. sculpturatus
Binomial name
Leptanilloides sculpturatus
Brandão, Diniz, Agosti & Delabie, 1999

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Specimen labels

The types labels state they were collected "on coffee trees."


A member of the Leptanilloides biconstrictus species-group.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Colombia (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.




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

  • sculpturatus. Leptanilloides sculpturata Brandão, Diniz, et al. 1999: 30, figs. 7, 8, 17, 24 (w.) COLOMBIA.
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 3 paratype workers.
    • Type-locality: holotype Colombia: Venecia (nr Medelin), v.1956, #56-6029 (S.E. Flanders); paratypes with same data.
    • Type-depositories: USNM (holotype); AMNH, MCZC, MZSP (paratypes).
    • Status as species: Donoso, et al. 2006: 60 (in key); Borowiec, M.L. & Longino, 2011: 27 (in key); Delsinne, et al. 2015: 8 (in key); Palacio, 2019: 610.
    • Distribution: Colombia.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



(MZUSP paratype) (in mm): HL 0.29, HW 0.17, SL 0.09, WL 0.48, CI 58, SI 48.

The combination of the postpetiole as long as the petiole, the coarse foveolate sculpture and the minute mandibular teeth distinguishes this species from all other Leptanilloides. Other relevant characters include: head with parallel sides in full-face view, head sculpture coarse with up to 25 deep foveolae covering a straight transverse line at head midlength; inner margins of the frontal carinae do not touch; flange over the metapleural gland opening pointed posteriorly; petiole, in lateral view, as long as postpetiole; postpetiole nearly as high than the fourth abdominal segment.

Type Material

Holotype worker deposited at NMNH. Colombia: Venecia (near Medellin) # 56–6029, v.1956, Stanley E. Flanders leg. ‘associated with R. fuhrmanni on healthy coffee trees’. Three paratype workers (same series as holotype), deposited one each at American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Comparative Zoology and MZUSP.


Sculpturata, a noun in apposition, meaning carved in Latin, referring to the conspicuous deep foveolae that almost cover the head of this species.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Brandão, C.R.F., J.L.M. Diniz, D. Agosti and J.H. Delabie. 1999. Revision of the Neotropical ant subfamily Leptanilloidinae. Systematic Entomology, 24: 17-36.
  • Delsinne T., G. Sonet, and D. A. Donoso. 2015. Two new species of Leptanilloides Mann, 1823 (Formicidae: Dorylinae) from the Andes of southern Ecuador. European Journal of Taxonomy 143: 1–35.