|Plagiolepis tumidula, now Tapinolepis tumidula|
(Species Checklist, Species by Country)
|Based on Ward et al. 2016.|
Hita Garcia, Wiesel and Fischer (2013) - A small, species-poor genus with just 14 species restricted to the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions (Bolton, 2012). Until the last decade Tapinolepis was regarded as a synonym of Anoplolepis, but was reinstated as a good genus by Bolton (2003). Revisions or keys treating Tapinolepis as a genus have not been published yet. The biology of most species is unknown.
Distribution and Richness based on AntMaps
- Antennal segment count: 11
- Antennal club: absent
- Palp formula: 6,4
- Spur formula: 0, 0
- Eyes: present
- Scrobes: absent
- Caste: size-variable to weakly polymorphic
- Sting: absent
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.
- TAPINOLEPIS [Formicinae: Plagiolepidini]
- Tapinolepis Emery, 1925b: 18 [as subgenus of Anoplolepis]. Type-species: Plagiolepis tumidula, by monotypy.
- Tapinolepis raised to genus and senior synonym of Mesanoplolepis: Bolton, 2003: 107, 267.
- MESANOPLOLEPIS [junior synonym of Tapinolepis]
- Mesanoplolepis Santschi, 1926a: 14 [as subgenus of Anoplolepis]. Type-species: Plagiolepis simulans, by original designation.
- Mesanoplolepis junior synonym of Tapinolepis: Bolton, 2003: 107, 267.
- Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 107, Tapinolepis as genus)
- Brown, W. L., Jr. 1973b. A comparison of the Hylean and Congo-West African rain forest ant faunas. Pp. 161-185 in: Meggers, B. J., Ayensu, E. S., Duckworth, W. D. (eds.) Tropical forest ecosystems in Africa and South America: a comparative review. Wash (page 185, Tapinolepis as junior synonym of Anoplolepis (provisional))
- Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 18, Tapinolepis as subgenus of Anoplolepis)