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Genus: Leptogenys   Roger, 1861 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 316 valid species, 14 valid subspecies

Fossil: 1 valid species

Leptogenys Roger, 1861a PDF: 41. Type-species: Leptogenys falcigera, by subsequent designation of Bingham, 1903 PDF: 52. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Leptogenys in Ponerinae: Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 46; Mayr, 1862 PDF: 714 (in key) [Poneridae]; Mayr, 1865 PDF: 14 [Poneridae].
Genus Leptogenys references
Roger, 1863b PDF: 19 (Lobopelta, Leptogenys catalogues); Mayr, 1863a PDF: 426, 427 (Leptogenys, Lobopelta catalogues); Mayr, 1865 PDF: 14, 15 (Leptogenys, Lobopelta diagnoses); Mayr, 1867a PDF: 89 (diagnosis); Mayr, 1879 PDF: 664 (Lobopelta species key); Cresson, 1887 PDF: 258 (U.S.A. catalogue); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 43, 46 (Lobopelta, Leptogenys catalogues); Forel, 1900f PDF: 304 (India & Sri Lanka species key); Bingham, 1903 PDF: 52, 55 (India, Sri Lanka & Burma Leptogenys, Lobopelta species keys); Emery, 1911e PDF: 97 (diagnosis, subgenera key, catalogue); Arnold, 1915: 89, 95 (diagnosis, South Africa Leptogenys (Leptogenys) & Leptogenys (Lobopelta) species keys); Mann, 1919 PDF: 298 (Papuasia Leptogenys (Leptogenys) species key); Mann, 1921 PDF: 426 (Fiji Leptogenys (Lobopelta) species key); Wheeler, 1922: 93, 786, 1010 (diagnosis, Afrotropical, Malagasy catalogues); Wheeler, 1923e PDF: 14 (New World Leptogenys (Lobopelta) species key); Creighton, 1950a PDF: 51 (North America Leptogenys (Lobopelta) species key); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 31 (Asia checklist); Wilson, 1958c PDF: 113 (Melanesia & Moluccas species revision, key); Wilson, 1958c PDF: 136 (New Caledonia species key); Kempf, 1972b PDF: 129 (Neotropical catalogue); Alayo, 1974 PDF: 8 (Cuba species key); Bolton, 1975a PDF: 239 (diagnosis, review of genus); Bolton, 1975a PDF: 244 (Afrotropical species revision, key); Bolton, 1975a PDF: 293 (Malagasy species key); Smith, 1979: 1343 (North America catalogue); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 32, 39 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 34, 64 (Australia, New Caledonia checklists); Trager & Johnson, 1988: 30 (U.S.A. species key); Brandão, 1991 PDF: 349 (Neotropical catalogue); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1050 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 229 (catalogue); Wu & Wang, 1995a: 41 (China species key); Shattuck, 1999: 189 (Australia synopsis); Xu, 2000a: 118 (China species key); Zhou, 2001a PDF: 39 (China, Guangxi species key); Bolton, 2003 PDF: 163 (synopsis); Lattke, in Fernández, 2008a PDF: 145 (Colombia species, review); Terayama, 2009 PDF: 115 (Taiwan species key); Heterick, 2009 PDF: 133 (south-western Australia species key); Bakhtiar & Chiang, 2011 PDF: 46 (Sabah species, provisional key); Lattke, 2011 PDF: 139 (New World species revision, key); Sarnat & Economo, 2012 PDF: 154 (Fiji species key); Zhou et al., 2012 PDF: 886 (China species key); Bharti & Wachkoo, 2013c PDF: (India species key); Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014 10.11646/zootaxa.3817.1.1 PDF: 92 (diagnosis, synoptic description, distribution, ecology and behavior, phylogenetic and taxonomic considerations); Rakotonirina & Fisher, 2014 PDF: (Malagasy species revision, identification key, distribution maps); Xu & He, 2015 PDF: 137 (Oriental species key); Arimoto, 2017a 10.3897/zookeys.651.10366 PDF: 79 (Leptogenys modiglianii species group revision, SE Asia); Sharaf et al., 2017 10.1080/09397140.2017.1292645 PDF: 1 (Arabian Peninsula species key); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 262 (brief male diagnosis); Wachkoo et al., 2018 10.3897/BDJ.6.e25016 PDF: 6 (Oriental chinensis-group species key); Arimoto & Yamane, 2018 10.20362/am.010008 PDF: 9 (chalybaea species group key), 25 (Oriental species key); Ramage et al., 2019 10.5852/ejt.2019.589 PDF: 6 (New Caledonia species key); Fernández & Guerrero, 2019 PDF: 523 (Colombia species key); Subedi et al., 2022 10.25221/fee.448.2 PDF: 17 (Nepal species key (workers)); Tozetto et al., 2022 10.1590/1806-9665-RBENT-2022-0045 PDF: 1 (Leptogenys unistimulosa species group review), 3 (Leptogenys unistimulosa species group worker, male diagnoses), 15 (additions to Lattke, 2011 PDF worker key; key to known Leptogenys unistimulosa species group males).

Taxon Page Images:

Leptogenys falcigera is a predator of isopods. Hawaii.
Image © Alex Wild.


A Leptogenys chinensis group male ant from Western ghats, Kerala,India

// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Europa Island, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Juan de Nova Island, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
    Americas: Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Galapagos Islands, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela
    Asia: Bangladesh, Borneo, Cambodia, China, Christmas Island, India, Indonesia, Japan, Krakatau Islands, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
    Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
  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
Leptogenys   Forel, A., 1891, Histoire naturelle des Hymenopteres. Deuxieme partie: Les Formicides., Histoire Physique, Naturelle et Politique de Madagascar., Paris: L'Imprimerie Nationale, pp. 1-231: 112, (download) 112 6734
Leptogenys   Yoshimura, M. & Fisher, B. L., 2007, A revision of male ants of the Malagasy region (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Key to subfamilies and treatment of the genera of Ponerinae., Zootaxa 1654, pp. 21-40: 34, (download) 34 21365
Leptogenys   Mayr, G., 1893, Formiciden von Herrn Dr. Fr. Stuhlmann in Ost-Afrika gesammelt., Jahrbuch der Hamburgischen Wissenschaftlichen Anstalten 10, pp. 193-201: 6, (download) 6 4386
Leptogenys   Forel, A., 1891, Histoire naturelle des Hymenopteres. Deuxieme partie: Les Formicides., Histoire Physique, Naturelle et Politique de Madagascar., Paris: L'Imprimerie Nationale, pp. 1-231: 109, (download) 109 6734
Leptogenys   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: 93-94, (download) 93-94 20597

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