Leptogenys attenuata

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Leptogenys attenuata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Leptogenys
Species: L. attenuata
Binomial name
Leptogenys attenuata
(Smith, F., 1858)

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Afrotropical Region: South Africa (type locality), Zimbabwe.

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

  • attenuata. Ponera attenuata Smith, F. 1858b: 91 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Arnold, 1915: 98 (m.). Combination in Lobopelta: Roger, 1863b: 19; in Leptogenys: Mayr, 1895: 124. Senior synonym of jaegerskjoeldi: Arnold, 1926: 210. See also: Bolton, 1975a: 274.
  • jaegerskjoeldi. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) jaegerskjoeldi Santschi, 1914e: 9 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Subspecies of attenuata: Santschi, 1917b: 279. Junior synonym of attenuata: Arnold, 1926: 210; Bolton, 1975a: 274.

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Ponera attenuata

One worker syntype in Oxford University Museum of Natural History, a second in The Natural History Museum. Labelled “cgH. Drège” (= Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, plus collector’s name), and numbered “1490.” The Oxford University Museum of Natural History specimen also has a label “P. attenuata MS.”



  • Arnold, G. 1915. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part I. Ponerinae, Dorylinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 1-159 (page 98, male described)
  • Arnold, G. 1926. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Appendix. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 23: 191-295 (page 210, Senior synonym of jaegerskjoeldi)
  • Bolton, B. 1975a. A revision of the ant genus Leptogenys Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Ethiopian region with a review of the Malagasy species. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 31: 235-305 (page 274, see also)
  • Duncan F.D. & R.M. Crewe 1993. A comparison of the energetics of foraging of three species of Leptogenys (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Physiological Entomology 18, 372-378.
  • Mayr, G. 1895. Afrikanische Formiciden. Ann. K-K. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 10: 124-154 (page 124, Combination in Leptogenys)
  • Roger, J. 1863b. Verzeichniss der Formiciden-Gattungen und Arten. Berl. Entomol. Z. 7(B Beilage: 1-65 (page 19, Combination in Lobopelta)
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 91, worker described)

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.
  • 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