Current View: All Antweb
Change View
Cite this page

Citing AntWeb


To cite this page, please use the following:

· For print:      Citation: AntWeb. Version 8.86.1. California Academy of Science, online at Accessed .

· For web:

Genus: Leptomyrmex   Mayr, 1862 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 28 valid species

Fossil: 1 valid species

Leptomyrmex Mayr, 1862 PDF: 652 (diagnosis in key), 695. Type-species: Formica erythrocephala, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Leptomyrmex in Dolichoderidae: Ashmead, 1905c PDF: 384.
Leptomyrmex in Dolichoderinae, Leptomyrmecini: Emery, 1913a PDF: 15 [Leptomyrmicini]; Wheeler, 1915e PDF: 262 [Leptomyrmicii]; Forel, 1917 PDF: 247; Wheeler, 1922: 688; all subsequent authors except the above; then Ward et al., 2010 PDF: 362.
Genus Leptomyrmex references
Roger, 1863b PDF: 10 (catalogue); Mayr, 1863a PDF: 426 (catalogue); Mayr, 1865 PDF: 7 (diagnosis); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 162 (catalogue); Emery, 1913a PDF: 15 (diagnosis, catalogue); Wheeler, 1915e PDF: 264 (Australia species key); Wheeler, 1934c PDF: 80 (all species key); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 186 (Asia checklist); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 103 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 35 (Australia, New Caledonia checklist); Brandão, 1991 PDF: 349 (catalogue); Shattuck, 1992c PDF: 106 (diagnosis, review of genus); Shattuck, 1994 PDF: 115 (catalogue); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1050 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 234 (catalogue); Shattuck, 1999: 74 (Australia synopsis); Smith & Shattuck, 2009 PDF: 58 (micro-Leptomyrmex species key); Lucky & Ward, 2010 PDF: 1 (diagnosis, macro-Leptomyrmex species revision, keys); Lucky, 2011 PDF: 281 (internal phylogeny); Boudinot et al., 2016 10.1111/syen.12181 PDF: 658 (biogeography); Barden et al., 2017 10.1071/IS16067 PDF: 765 (fossil examination, male characters, internal phylogeny, biogeography); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 119 (brief male diagnosis)

Taxon Page Images:

Leptomyrmex ruficeps spider ant. Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia.
Image © Alex Wild. // Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil, Dominican Republic
    Asia: Indonesia
    Oceania: Australia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Neotropical
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Neotropical

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Leptomyrmex   Andre, E., 1887, Description de quelques fourmis nouvelles ou imparfaitement connues., Revista de Entomologia 6, pp. 280-298: 289, (download) 289 6877
Leptomyrmex   André, E, 1887, Description de quelques fourmis nouvelles ou imparfaitement connues., Revue d'Entomologie (Caen) 6, pp. 280-298: 289, (download) 289 6877
Leptomyrmex n. g.  Mayr, G., 1862, Myrmecologische Studien., Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 12, pp. 649-776: 695, (download) 695 4445

See something amiss? Send us an email.
Log In to see maps.