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Genus: Leptanilla   Emery, 1870 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Extant: 49 valid species

Leptanilla Emery, 1870 PDF: 196. Type-species: Leptanilla revelierii, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Leptanilla in Dorylinae: Emery, 1870 PDF: 196 [Dorylidae]; Emery, 1904a PDF: 116.
Leptanilla in Myrmicinae: Emery, 1877b PDF: 81 [Myrmicidae]; Emery & Forel, 1879 PDF: 456 [Myrmicidae]; Emery, 1882a: 268 [Myrmicidae]; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 72.
Genus Leptanilla references
Emery, 1882a: 268 (Europe & Algeria species); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 72 (catalogue); Emery, 1904a PDF: 107 (anatomy, affinities); Emery, 1910b PDF: 32 (diagnosis, catalogue); Emery, 1916a PDF: 94 (Italy species); Bondroit, 1918 (France & Belgium species key); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1930 PDF: 200 (diagnosis; catalogue); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 17 (Asia checklist); Baroni Urbani, 1977c PDF: 434 (diagnosis, all species revision, key); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 53 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 34 (Australia checklist); Morisita et al., 1989: 35 (Japan species key); Ogata et al., 1995 PDF: 32 (diagnosis, males); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1050 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 229 (catalogue); Shattuck, 1999: 117 (Australia synopsis); Xu & Zhang, 2002 PDF: 142 and Xu, 2002a PDF: 116 (China species key); Bharti & Kumar, 2012c PDF: 624 (Oriental species key);. Wong & Guénard, 2016a 10.3897/zookeys.551.6686 PDF: 129 (Oriental species key); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 177 (brief male diagnosis); Leong et al., 2018 10.20362/am.010001 PDF: 10 (Oriental and Sino-Japanese species key); Pérez-Gonzáles et al., 2020 10.3161/00034541ANZ2020.70.2.009 PDF: 299 (worker anatomy); Pérez-Gonzáles et al., 2020 10.3161/00034541ANZ2020.70.2.009 PDF: 301 (Western Mediterranean species key); Griebenow, 2020 10.25849/myrmecol.news_030:229 PDF: 241 (male-based key); Griebenow, 2021 10.1071/IS20059 PDF: 623 (phylogeny), 630 (male diagnosis); Saroj et al., 2022 10.20362/am.015005 PDF: 7 (key to Oriental Leptanillinae workers); Borowiec & Salata, 2022 PDF: 13 (diagnosis), 14 (key to Greece males).

Taxon Page Images:

Leptanilla sp. Kibale forest, Uganda. This genus contains some of the smallest ants in the world.
Image © Alex Wild.

Leptanilla sp.Queen,Workers and brood. Western Ghats Kerala, India. Image Dr Kalesh Sadasivan 2016

Leptanilla sp.Queen, Western Ghats Kerala, India. Image Dr Kalesh Sadasivan 2016

// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Algeria, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda
    Asia: Borneo, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen
    Europe: France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain
    Oceania: Australia, Palau, Papua New Guinea
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Oceania, Palearctic
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Oceania, Palearctic

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