Platythyrea arnoldi

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Platythyrea arnoldi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Platythyreini
Genus: Platythyrea
Species: P. arnoldi
Binomial name
Platythyrea arnoldi
Forel, 1913

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Specimen Label

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Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -4.2875° to -29.65°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe (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.



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

  • arnoldi. Platythyrea arnoldi Forel, 1913j: 206 (w.) ZIMBABWE.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Zimbabwe (“South Rhodesia”): Shiloh (G. Arnold).
    • Type-depositories: MHNG, NHMB.
    • Arnold, 1926: 197 (q.m.).
    • Status as species: Arnold, 1915: 28; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 758; Arnold, 1926: 197; Brown, 1975: 8, 47; Bolton, 1995b: 336; Hita Garcia, et al. 2013: 221.
    • Senior synonym of apicalis: Brown, 1975: 8; Bolton, 1995b: 336.
    • Distribution: Kenya, Zimbabwe.
  • apicalis. Platythyrea lamellosa st. apicalis Santschi, 1937g: 71, fig. 1a-b (w.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.
    • [Note: Santschi’s fig. 1 is incorrectly labelled as Leptogenys.]
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Democratic Republic of Congo (“Congo belge”): Nyangwe, viii.1932 (L. Lebrun).
    • Type-depository: NHMB.
    • Junior synonym of arnoldi: Brown, 1975: 8; Bolton, 1995b: 336.



  • Arnold, G. 1926. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Appendix. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 23: 191-295 (page 197, queen, male described)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1975. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. V. Ponerinae, tribes Platythyreini, Cerapachyini, Cylindromyrmecini, Acanthostichini, and Aenictogitini. Search Agric. (Ithaca N. Y.) 5(1 1: 1-115 (page 8, Senior synonym of apicalis)
  • Forel, A. 1913k. Ameisen aus Rhodesia, Kapland usw. (Hym.) gesammelt von Herrn G. Arnold, Dr. H. Brauns und Anderen. Dtsch. Entomol. Z. 1913(Su Suppl: 203-225 (page 206, worker described)
  • Villet, M. 1993. Co-occurrence of mated workers and a mated queen in a colony of Platythyrea arnoldi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). S. Afr. J. Zool. 28: 56-57.

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Arnold G. 1915. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part I. Ponerinae, Dorylinae. Annals of the South African Museum 14: 1-159.
  • Arnold G. 1926. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Appendix. Annals of the South African Museum. 23: 191-295.
  • Garcia F.H., Wiesel E. and Fischer G. 2013.The Ants of Kenya (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)—Faunal Overview, First Species Checklist, Bibliography, Accounts for All Genera, and Discussion on Taxonomy and Zoogeography. Journal of East African Natural History, 101(2): 127-222
  • IZIKO South Africa Museum Collection
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 711-1004