Aenictus decolor

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Aenictus decolor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Aenictus
Species: A. decolor
Binomial name
Aenictus decolor
(Mayr, 1879)

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Cameroun, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • decolor. Typhlatta decolor Mayr, 1879: 668 (diagnosis in key) (w.) EAST AFRICA. Gotwald & Leroux, 1980: 602 (q.). Combination in Aenictus: Dalla Torre, 1893: 7. Senior synonym of batesi, bidentatus: Gotwald & Leroux, 1980: 600.
  • batesi. Aenictus batesi Forel, 1911g: 255 (w.) NIGERIA. Junior synonym of decolor: Gotwald & Leroux, 1980: 600.
  • bidentatus. Aenictus bidentatus Donisthorpe, 1942f: 701 (w.) GHANA. Junior synonym of decolor: Gotwald & Leroux, 1980: 600.



  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 7, Combination in Aenictus)
  • Gotwald, W. H., Jr.; Leroux, J. M. 1980. Taxonomy of the African army ant, Aenictus decolor (Mayr), with a description of the queen (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 82: 599-608 (page 602, queen described; page 600, senior synonym of batesi and bidentatus)
  • Mayr, G. 1879. Beiträge zur Ameisen-Fauna Asiens. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 28: 645-686 (page 668, worker described)