Leptogenys neutralis

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Leptogenys neutralis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Leptogenys
Species: L. neutralis
Binomial name
Leptogenys neutralis
Forel, 1907

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Specimen Labels

A single colony of this very active, jet black ant was taken by myself under a log at the edge of a small pond near Mud Lake (X.23.'31)(Rottnest Island). It is certainly rare on the island and in the vicinity of Perth, hut very common at Pemberton and Margaret River. I have figured and discussed it at length in my hook "Colony Founding among Ants" 1933, pp. 85-90. (Wheeler 1934)


Heterick (2009) - Smooth, shining, and essentially black in colour.

Keys including this Species


Heterick (2009) - Reasonably common in laterite soils in the Darling Range (SWBP, WA).

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • neutralis. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) neutralis Forel, 1907h: 271 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Crawley, 1922b: 434 (q.). See also: Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 86.

Type Material

  • Leptogenys (Lobopelta) neutralis Forel, 1907: Holotype, worker (apparently lost), Pickering Brook, Western Australia, Australia.
  • Leptogenys (Lobopelta) neutralis Forel, 1907: Paratype, 3 workers (may not be true types), Pickering Brook, Western Australia, Australia, Australian Museum.



  • Crawley, W. C. 1922a. New ants from Australia. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 9(9): 427-448 (page 434, queen described)
  • Forel, A. 1907j. Formicidae. In: Michaelsen, W., Hartmeyer, R. (eds.) Die Fauna Südwest-Australiens. Band I, Lieferung 7. Jena: Gustav Fischer, pp. 263-310. (page 271, worker described)
  • Heterick, B. E. 2009. A guide to the ants of South-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 76:1-206.
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1933i. Colony founding among ants, with an account of some primitive Australian species. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, viii + 179 pp. (page 86, see also)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1934d. Contributions to the fauna of Rottnest Island, Western Australia. No. IX. The ants. J. R. Soc. West. Aust. 20: 137-163.