Platythyrea cribrinodis

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Platythyrea cribrinodis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Platythyreini
Genus: Platythyrea
Species: P. cribrinodis
Binomial name
Platythyrea cribrinodis
(Gerstäcker, 1859)



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This species makes simple nest entrances in the ground and forages individually for insect prey. This ant has a powerful sting and care should be taken in the field. Often active during the day, workers can be observed carrying back insect prey items including termites.

At a Glance • Gamergate  



Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique (type locality), Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Villet (1991) studied gamergate reproduction in this species



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

  • cribrinodis. Ponera cribrinodis Gerstäcker, 1859: 262 (w.) MOZAMBIQUE. [Also described as new by Gerstäcker, 1862: 504.] Emery, 1896i: 154 (m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971b: 1198 (l.). Combination in Platythyrea: Roger, 1863a: 173. Senior synonym of brevidentata, brevinodis: Brown, 1975: 8.
  • brevinodis. Platythyrea cribrinodis var. brevinodis Santschi, 1914b: 47 (w.) KENYA. Santschi, 1935b: 257 (m.). Junior synonym of cribrinodis: Brown, 1975: 8.
  • punctata. Platythyrea cribrinodis var. punctata Arnold, 1915: 24 (w.) ZIMBABWE. [Junior secondary homonym of punctata Smith, above.] Replacement name: brevidentata Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 759.
  • brevidentata. Platythyrea cribrinodis var. brevidentata Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 759. Replacement name for punctata Arnold, 1915: 24. [Junior secondary homonym of Pachycondyla punctata Smith, F. 1858b: 108.] Junior synonym of cribrinodis: Brown, 1975: 8.