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Genus: Discothyrea   Roger, 1863 


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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Extant: 49 valid species

Fossil: 2 valid species

Discothyrea Roger, 1863a PDF: 176. Type-species: Discothyrea testacea, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Genus Discothyrea references
Roger, 1863b PDF: 21 (catalogue); Mayr, 1865 PDF: 13 (diagnosis); Cresson, 1887 PDF: 259 (U.S.A., catalogue); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 18 (catalogue); Emery, 1911e PDF: 51 (diagnosis, catalogue); Arnold, 1916 PDF: 159 (diagnosis); Wheeler, 1922: 761, 762 (Afrotropical Discothyrea, Pseudosysphincta catalogues); Weber, 1939a PDF: 99 (Neotropical species key); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 76, 77 (Asia Discothyrea, Prodiscothyrea checklists); Brown, 1958g PDF: 248 (review of genus); Brown, 1958h PDF: 19 (New Zealand species); Kempf, 1972b PDF: 97 (Neotropical catalogue); Smith, 1979: 1339 (North America catalogue); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 29 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 24 (Australia, New Caledonia & New Zealand checklists); Morisita et al., 1989: 16 (Japan species key); Lattke, 1994 PDF: 113 (Neotropical species); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1049 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 171 (catalogue); Shattuck, 1999: 184 (Australia synopsis); Bolton, 2003 PDF: 179 (synopsis); Sosa-Calvo & Longino, 2008 PDF: 223 (Colombia species key); Yoshimura & Fisher, 2009 PDF: 9 (Malagasy males diagnosis); Terayama, 2009 PDF: 98 (Taiwan species key); Heterick, 2009 PDF: 143 (south-western Australia species key); Sarnat & Economo, 2012 PDF: 164 (Fiji species key); Xu et al., 2014a PDF: 34 (Indomalaya species key); Bharti et al., 2015 PDF: 123 (Indomalaya species key); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 275 (brief male diagnosis); Hita Garcia et al., 2019 10.1093/isd/ixz015 PDF: 1 (worker genus diagnosis, anatomy, Afrotropical species key); Escárraga et al., 2019 PDF: 686 (Colombia species key); Chaul, 2020 10.46357/bcnaturais.v15i1.266 PDF 204 (Brazilian Atlantic rainforest species key); Billen et al., 2020 10.1016/j.asd.2020.100981 PDF: 1 (procoxal glands)

Taxon Page Images:

Discothyrea mixta nest, with piles of arthropod eggs of different species kept as food for the growing larvae. Kibale forest, Uganda JTL-7912.
Image © Alex Wild. // Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
    Americas: Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Venezuela
    Asia: Bhutan, Borneo, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan
    Oceania: Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania, Palearctic
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania, Palearctic

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Discothyrea nov. gen  Roger, J., 1863, Die neu aufgeführten Gattungen und Arten meines Formiciden-Verzeichnisses, nebst Ergänzung einiger früher gegeben Beschreibungen., Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift 7, pp. 131-214: 176-177, (download) 176-177 4101
Discothyrea   Zacharias, M. & Rajan, P. D., 2004, Discothyrea sringerensis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) a new ant species from India., Zootaxa 484, pp. 1-4: 2, (download) 2 20286

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