Leptogenys castanea

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Leptogenys castanea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Leptogenys
Species: L. castanea
Binomial name
Leptogenys castanea
(Mayr, 1862)

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Afrotropical Region: South Africa (type locality), Zimbabwe.

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • castanea. Lobopelta castanea Mayr, 1862: 734 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1986c: 89 (l.). Combination in Leptogenys: Emery, 1895h: 20. Senior synonym of bellua, dispar, hewitti, parva: Bolton, 1975a: 285.
  • parva. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) parva Forel, 1901f: 330 (w.m.) SOUTH AFRICA. Junior synonym of castanea: Bolton, 1975a: 285.
  • bellua. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) parva var. bellua Forel, 1914d: 214 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Arnold, 1926: 213 (q.). Junior synonym of castanea: Bolton, 1975a: 285.
  • dispar. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) parva var. dispar Santschi, 1914e: 10 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Junior synonym of castanea: Bolton, 1975a: 285.
  • hewitti. Leptogenys hewitti Santschi, 1932a: 381, fig. 1 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Junior synonym of castanea: Bolton, 1975a: 285.



  • Bolton, B. 1975a. A revision of the ant genus Leptogenys Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Ethiopian region with a review of the Malagasy species. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 31: 235-305 (page 285, Senior synonym of bellua, dispar, hewitti and parva)
  • Emery, C. 1895i. Voyage de M. E. Simon dans l'Afrique australe (janvier-avril 1893). 3e mémoire. Formicides. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 64: 15-56 (page 20, Combination in Leptogenys)
  • Mayr, G. 1862. Myrmecologische Studien. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 12: 649-776 (page 734, worker described)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1986c. Supplementary studies of ant larvae: Ponerinae. Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 112: 85-94 (page 89, larva described)