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Genus: Plagiolepis   Mayr, 1861 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Extant: 61 species, 19 subspecies

Fossil: 10 species

Plagiolepis Mayr, 1861 PDF: 42. Type-species: Formica pygmaea, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Genus Plagiolepis references
Roger, 1863b: 11 (catalogue); Mayr, 1863a PDF: 442 (catalogue); Mayr, 1865 PDF: 7 (diagnosis); Mayr, 1867a PDF: 73 (diagnosis); Forel, 1878c PDF: 376, 378 (Rhopalomyrmex, Plagiolepis diagnoses); André, 1882b: 208 (Europe & Algeria species key); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 172, 175 (Plagiolepis, Rhopalomyrmex, catalogue); Forel, 1894c PDF: 414 (India & Sri Lanka species key); Bingham, 1903 PDF: 320 (India, Sri Lanka & Burma species key); Arnold, 1920a PDF: 578 (diagnosis, subgenera key); Arnold, 1922: 579 (South Africa species key); Wheeler, 1922: 211, 696, 928, 1035 (diagnosis, subgenera key, Afrotropical, Malagasy catalogues); Emery, 1925d PDF: 19 (diagnosis, catalogue); Emery, 1925d PDF: 22 (Plagiolepis (Anacantholepis) diagnosis, catalogue); Stitz, 1939: 231 (Germany species key); Kratochvíl, 1941b PDF: 98 (Central Europe species key); Novák & Sadil, 1941 PDF: 98 (Central Europe species key); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 212, 213 (Asia Anacantholepis, Plagiolepis checklists); Bernard, 1967a PDF: 272 (diagnosis, Western Europe species key); Kempf, 1972b PDF: 205 (Neotropical catalogue); Kutter, 1977c: 185 (Switzerland species key); Collingwood, 1978 PDF: 89 (Iberian Peninsula species key); Smith, 1979: 1422 (North America, catalogue); Gösswald, 1985: 264 (Germany species key); Collingwood, 1985 PDF: 297 (Saudi Arabia species key); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 130 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 55 (Australia, New Caledonia checklist); Agosti & Collingwood, 1987b PDF: 280 (Balkans species key); Radchenko, 1989c PDF: 153 (European former U.S.S.R. species key); Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990 PDF: 161 (Turkmenistan species key); Morisita, Kubota, et al., 1991: 16 (Japan species key); Atanasov & Dlussky, 1992: 201 (Bulgaria species key); Arakelian, 1994 PDF: 78 (Armenia species key); Bolton, 1994: 51 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1052 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 334 (catalogue); Wu & Wang, 1995a: 130 (China species key); Radchenko, 1996D: 178 (Central & Southern Palaearctic species key); Collingwood & Agosti, 1996 PDF: 362 (Saudi Arabia species key); Seifert, 1996B: 178 (Central Europe species key); Collingwood & Prince, 1998: 22 (Portugal species key); Shattuck, 1999: 106 (Australia synopsis); Seifert, 2007: 158 (North and Central Europe species key); Terayama, 2009 PDF: 213 (Taiwan species key); Heterick, 2009 PDF: 106 (south-western Australia species key); Dlussky, 2010A PDF: 72 (Eocene European amber species key); Sharaf, Aldawood & Taylor, 2011 PDF: 208 (Arabian Peninsula species key); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 169 (brief male diagnosis)

Taxon Page Images:


Plagiolepis jerdoni (Forel, 1894) tends to mealy bugs on her underground champer


   (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists)   Genus is native to: Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Oceania, Palearctic bioregions (based on species list records).

Afrotropical Region: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Saint Helena, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Australasia Region: Australia, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
Indomalaya Region: Bangladesh, Borneo, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Vietnam
Malagasy Region: Comoros, Europa Island, Grande Glorieuse, Juan de Nova Island, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Reunion, Seychelles
Neotropical Region: Barbados, Bermuda, Jamaica
Oceania Region: Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Niue, Tonga
Palearctic Region: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Balearic Islands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Channel Islands, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macaronesia, Macedonia, Malta, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, North Korea, Oman, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Yemen

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Plagiolepis   Mayr, G., 1862, Myrmecologische Studien., Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 12, pp. 649-776: 770, (download) 770 4445
Plagiolepis   Santschi, F., 1926, Trois notes myrmécologiques., Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 95, pp. 13-28: 13, (download) 13 3616
Plagiolepis   Santschi, F., 1926, Trois notes myrmécologiques., Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 95, pp. 13-28: 14, (download) 14 3616
Plagiolepis   Santschi, F., 1926, Trois notes myrmécologiques., Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 95, pp. 13-28: 14, (download) 14 3616
Plagiolepis   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: 30, (download) 30 21008
Plagiolepis   Mohamed, S., Zalat, S. & Fadl, H., 2001, Taxonomy of ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) collected by pitfall traps from Sinai and Delta region, Egypt., Egyptian Journal of Natural History 3, pp. 40-61: 47, (download) 47 21622
Plagiolepis   Collingwood, C. A., 1979, The Formicidae (Hymenoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark., Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 8, pp. 1-174: 110, (download) 110 6175
Plagiolepis   Forel, A., 1892, Hymenopteres 2 (supplement au 28 fascicule). Les Formicides., Histoire physique, naturelle et politique de Madagascar. 20., Paris: Unknown Publisher, pp. 232-280: 241, (download) 241 8239
Plagiolepis   Wheeler, W. M., 1922, The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition., Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45, pp. 39-269: 210-212, (download) 210-212 20597

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