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Species: Dorylus fulvus   (Westwood, 1839) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 11 valid subspecies

Typhlopone fulva Westwood, 1839a PDF: 218 (in text), fig. 86.17-20 (w.). Primary type information: Type-material: 3 syntype workers. Type-locality: none given, “found dead in sugar” (C.C. Babington). Type-depository: OXUM. Type notes: Number of specimens is given by Westwood, 1840b PDF: 81. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

[Misspelled as fulvis by Prins, 1963 PDF: 97, in the combination Dorylus fulvus badius.]
Emery, 1895l PDF: 723 (m.)
Combination in Dorylus: Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 10.
Combination in Dorylus (Typhlopone): Emery, 1895l PDF: 723.
Status as species: Westwood, 1840b PDF: 87 (redescription); Smith, 1858a PDF: 110; Roger, 1861a PDF: 45; Roger, 1863b PDF: 20; Mayr, 1863a PDF: 457; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 10; Emery, 1895l PDF: 723; Emery, 1897f PDF: 595; Emery, 1899a PDF: 499; Emery, 1901l PDF: 196 (in key); Forel, 1904c PDF: 369; Forel, 1904d PDF: 5; Mayr, 1907a PDF: 387; Mayr, 1907b PDF: 8; Emery, 1910b PDF: 13; Forel, 1910a PDF: 6; Stitz, 1910: 128; Forel, 1910e PDF: 4; Karavaiev, 1912a PDF: 2; Forel, 1913d PDF: 427; Santschi, 1914d PDF: 333; Arnold, 1915: 125; Emery, 1915e PDF: 6; Stitz, 1917 PDF: 335; Bondroit, 1918 PDF: 15; Donisthorpe, 1918c PDF: 166; Emery, 1919c PDF: 102; Crawley, 1920a PDF: 163; Wheeler, 1922: 742; Müller, 1923b PDF: 30; Santschi, 1926e PDF: 235; Kutter, 1928: 66; Crawley, in Santschi, 1928d PDF: 55 (redescription); Santschi, 1931e PDF: 407; Finzi, 1936 PDF: 156; Finzi, 1940 PDF: 155; Weber, 1952c PDF: 6; Ceballos, 1956: 295; Cagniant, 1964 PDF: 86; Cagniant, 1968a PDF: 142; Cagniant, 1970a PDF: 413; Collingwood, 1985 PDF: 233; Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a PDF: 52; Agosti & Collingwood, 1987b PDF: 264; Kugler, 1988 PDF: 256; Bolton, 1995b: 178; Collingwood & Agosti, 1996 PDF: 307; Espadaler, 1997g PDF: 27; Cagniant, 2006 PDF: 195; Petrov, 2006 PDF: 82 (in key); Kiran & Karaman, 2012 PDF: 5; Hita Garcia et al., 2013 PDF: 203; Borowiec, 2014 PDF: 71 (see note in bibliography); Bharti et al., 2016 PDF: 22; Rasheed et al., 2019 10.13102/sociobiology.v66i3.4330 PDF: 428.
Senior synonym of Dorylus spinolae: Emery, 1895l PDF: 723; Emery, 1910b PDF: 13; Wheeler, 1922: 743; Bolton, 1995b: 178.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Algeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
    Asia: India, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
    Europe: Balearic Islands, Italy, Slovenia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Indomalaya, Palearctic

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Santschi 1914b


Caste of types: (w)

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Dorylus fulvus   Forel, A., 1904, Note sur les fourmis du Musée Zoologique de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences à St. Pétersbourg., Yezhegodnik Zoologicheskogo Muzeya Imperatorskoi Akademii Nauk 8, pp. 368-388: 2, (download) 2 3994
Dorylus fulvus   Forel, A., 1910, Glanures myrmecologiques., Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique 54, pp. 6-32: 1, (download) 1 4022
Dorylus fulvus   Santschi, F., 1928, Descriptions de nouvelles fourmis éthiopiennes (quatrième note)., Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines 16, pp. 54-69: 54-69 54-69 3628

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 5 times found in rainforest, 1 times found in littoral rainforest, 2 times found in secondary forest habitat, 1 times found in rainforest edge.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 5 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 2 times ground forager(s), 2 times colony in office store, nighttime, 1 times Grotta, 1 times Mr. Raddon's many specimens in casks of sugar from Bengal, dead..

Collected most commonly using these methods: 5 times MW 50 sample transect, 5m, 2 times hand collected.

Elevations: collected from 10 - 1650 meters, 588 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1905-07-01 00:00:00.0 and 2014-07-18 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Holotype of Dorylus fulvus: casent0901953; Holotype of Typhlopone shuckardi: casent0901954; type of Typhlopone clausii: focol0349, focol0350-1, focol0350-2; type of Typhlopone dahlbomii: casent0901955

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