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Formicidae

Classification and checklist of Afrotropical ants

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Vespoidea; Family: Formicidae)

 

Classification by subfamily                              Checklist arranged by genus

 

Afrotropical ant species richness (Fisher & Bolton 2011 AntWeb)
Madagascar and Mascarene islands = 454 species in 48 genera: 8 endemic genera; 408 (90%) endemic species.

Subsaharan African species richness = 1873 species in 98 genera.

Total described Afrotropical species richness = 2281 species in 106 genera.

Number of Madagascan species per genus, ordered by richness:

Strumigenys 73

Camponotus 51

Tetramorium 30

Monomorium 26

Pheidole 22

Tetraponera 21

Crematogaster 20

Leptogenys 15

Pyramica 13

Pachycondyla 9

Paratrechina 9

Technomyrex 9

Cataulacus 7

Hypoponera 7

Anochetus 6

Mystrium 6

Terataner 6

Aphaenogaster 5

Cerapachys 4

Nesomyrmex 4

Tapinoma 4

Cardiocondyla 3

Carebara 3

Metapone 3

Platythyrea 3

Pristomyrmex 3

Proceratium 3

Aptinoma 2

Eutetramorium 2

Meranoplus 2

Plagiolepis 2

Simopone 2

Solenopsis 2

Vollenhovia 2

Adetomyrma 1

Amblyopone 1

Anoplolepsis 1

Brachymyrmex 1

Discothyrea 1

Melissotarsus 1

Ochetellus 1

Odontomachus 1

Pilotrochus 1

Polyrhachis 1

Probolomyrmex 1

Pseudolasius 1

Prionopelta 1

Ravavy 1

Number of Subsaharan African mainland species per genus, ordered by richness:

Tetramorium 223

Camponotus 169

Monomorium 147

Crematogaster 135

Pyramica 83

Pheidole 73

Leptogenys 56

Dorylus, 55

Polyrhachis 55

Carebara 54

Hypoponera 54

Strumigenys 52

Lepisiota 47

Cataulacus 39

Ocymyrmex 37

Aenictus 34

Tetraponera 29

Technomyrmex 27

Nesomyrmex 25

Cerapachys 24

Bothroponera 23

Myrmicaria 22

Axinidris 21

Pseudoponera 21

Plagiolepis 20

Anochetus 19

Simopone 18

Calyptomyrmex 16

Plectroctena 16

Messor 15

Platythyrea 14

Cardiocondyla 13

Tapinoma 13

Nylanderia 12

Solenopsis 12

Tapinolepis 11

Centromyrmex 10

Paraparatrechina 10

Loboponera 9

Anoplolepis 8

Meranoplus 8

Pheidologeton 8

Aenictogiton 7

Discothyrea 7

Psalidomyrmex 6

Terataner 6

Ophthalmopone 5

Phrynoponera 5

Pristomyrmex 5

Proceratium 5

Rhoptromyrmex 5

Cataglyphis 4

Cyphoidris 4

Microdaceton 4

Phasmomyrmex 4

Acropyga 3

Asphinctopone 3

Atopomyrmex 3

Baracidris 3

Leptanilla 3

Melissotarsus 3

Prionopelta 3

Probolomyrmex 3

Agraulomyrmex 2

Amblyopone 2

Boloponera 2

 

Bondroitia 2

Decamorium 2

Dicroaspis 2

Hagensia 2

Odontomachus 2

Sphinctomyrmex 2

Streblognathus 2

Temnothorax 2

Ankylomyrma 1

Aphomomyrmex 1

Apomyrma 1

Brachymyrmex 1

Brachyponera 1

Concoctio 1

Cryptopone 1

Diplomorium 1

Dolioponera 1

Ecphorella 1

Feroponera 1

Linepithema 1

Megaponera 1

Mystrium 1

Oecophylla 1

Paltothyreus 1

Paratrechina 2

Petalomyrmex 1

Prenolepis 1

Promyopias 1

Santschiella 1

Vicinopone 1

Wasmannia 1

Xymmer 1

 

Credits

Species richness data by Brian Fisher and Barry Bolton (October 2011) AntWeb.

Photograph Vida van der Walt (Pretoria).


Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)

 

Citation: van Noort, S. 2021. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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