Plagiolepis ampeloni

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Plagiolepis ampeloni
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Plagiolepis
Species: P. ampeloni
Binomial name
Plagiolepis ampeloni
(Faber, 1969)

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Specimen Labels

This species is a workerless inquiline of Plagiolepis pallescens. Queens live in the nest of a different ant species, have no workers and are entirely dependent on their hosts for food. The queens produce eggs that are cared for and raised to maturity by the host workers.

At a Glance • Workerless Inquiline  




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Austria (type locality), Hungary, Slovenia, Turkey.

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.

  • ampeloni. Aporomyrmex ampeloni Faber, 1969: 54, figs. 3-7, 14-16, 19, 21, 23, 24 (q.m.) AUSTRIA. Combination in Plagiolepis: Bolton, 1995b: 334.



  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 334, Combination in Plagiolepis)
  • Buschinger, A. (2009). Social parasitism among ants: a review. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 12: 219-235.
  • Faber, W. 1969. Beiträge zur Kenntnis sozialparasitischer Ameisen. 2. Aporomyrmex ampeloni nov. gen., nov. spec. (Hym. Formicidae), ein neuer permanenter Sozialparasit bei Plagiolepis vindobonensis Lomnicki aus Österreich. Pflanzenschutz Ber. 39: 39-100 (page 54, figs. 3-7, 14-16, 19, 21, 23, 24 queen, male described)