Current View: Global: All Antweb
Cite this page

Citing AntWeb


To cite this page, please use the following:

· For print: . Accessed

· For web:

Species: Pachycondyla tarsata   (Fabricius, 1798) 

Download Data

Current Valid Name:

Paltothyreus tarsatus

See Also:

Pachycondyla tarsata kaya, Pachycondyla tarsata striatidens, Pachycondyla tarsata striatus

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2015)

Formica tarsata Fabricius, 1798: 280 (w.) SENEGAL. Afrotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Forel 1907g


This is arguably the most ecologically dominant ponerine ant in Africa, based on the extent of its geographical range and local abundance. It is widely distributed throughout Africa south of the Sahara. The large workers (17-20 mm) are epigeic hunters and scavengers. Although workers forage individually, they can recruit nestmates with chemical signals when retrieving bigger or more abundant prey items. The nests of P. tarsatus have multiple entrances, revealing an extensive system of shallow tunnels that lead to the foraging grounds.

Field behavior has been studied in Kenya, Ivory Coast and South Africa. 

Peeters, C., U. Braun & B. Hölldobler (2013) Large colonies and striking sexual investment in the African stink ant, Paltothyreus tarsatus (subfamily Ponerinae). African Entomology 21(1): 9-14.


Caste of types: (w)

Taxon Page Author History

On 2013-03-27 07:43:57 Christian Peeters modified Biology
On 2013-03-01 21:47:36 Christian Peeters modified Biology

(-1 examples)

See something amiss? Send us an email.