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Species: Streblognathus aethiopicus   (Smith, 1858) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Ponera aethiopica Smith, 1858a PDF: 91, pl. 6, figs. 19, 20 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. Primary type information: Type-material: holotype worker. Type-locality: South Africa: (no further data) (no collector’s name). Type-depository: BMNH. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Streblognathus: Mayr, 1862 PDF: 716
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Lesotho, South Africa
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):



S. aethiopicus nests often have a large flanged entrance constructed above the ground, without a pebble mound as in S. peetersi. On one rainy day, workers were observed to carry little balls of mud, and sticking them on the entrance flange.


Ware, A. B., S. G. Compton, and H. G. Robertson. 1990. Gamergate reproduction in the ant Streblognathus aethiopicus Smith (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae). Insectes Sociaux  37: 189-199.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Streblognathus aethiopicus   Forel, A., 1909, Fourmis du Musée de Bruxelles. Fourmis de Benguela récoltées par M. Creighton Wellman, et fourmis du Congo récoltées par MM. Luja, Kohl et Laurent., Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique 53, pp. 51-73: 51, (download) 51 4018
Streblognathus aethiopicus   Mayr, G., 1862, Myrmecologische Studien., Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 12, pp. 649-776: 716, (download) 716 4445
Streblognathus aethiopicus   Robertson, H. G., 2002, Revision of the ant genus Streblognathus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae)., Zootaxa 97, pp. 1-16: 10, (download) 10 20032 GoogleMaps

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in karoo - false, false times found in karoo.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times Malaise Trap.

Elevations: collected from 533 - 853 meters, 644 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1891-12-31 00:00:00.0 and 2000-12-31 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Holotype of Streblognathus aethiopicus: casent0900675

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