Aenictus fuscovarius

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Aenictus fuscovarius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Aenictus
Species: A. fuscovarius
Binomial name
Aenictus fuscovarius
Gerstäcker, 1859

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Specimen Labels




Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 6.5° to 4°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Eritrea, Kenya, Mozambique (type locality), Senegal.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.



Known only from the male caste.

Images from AntWeb

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Syntype of Aenictus fuscovarius magrettiiMale (alate). Specimen code casent0903755. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MSNG, Genoa, Italy.
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Syntype of Aenictus fuscovarius laetiorMale (alate). Specimen code casent0907027. Photographer Z. Lieberman, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MHNG, Geneva, Switzerland.
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Syntype of Aenictus fuscovarius sagittariusMale (alate). Specimen code casent0911427. Photographer Z. Lieberman, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by NHMB, Basel, Switzerland.


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • fuscovarius. Aenictus fuscovarius Gerstäcker, 1859: 262 (m.) (no state data).
    • Type-material: holotype(?) male.
    • [Note: no indication of number of specimens is given.]
    • Type-locality: none given (Peters).
    • Type-depository: MNHU.
    • [Also described as new by Gerstäcker, 1862: 501; type-locality Mozambique: Tette (Peters), from this reference.]
    • Status as species: Roger, 1863b: 41; Mayr, 1863: 394; Dalla Torre, 1893: 7; Emery, 1895j: 747; Emery 1897e: 597; Mayr, 1904b: 2; Mayr, 1907a: 387; Emery, 1910b: 31; Forel, 1910c: 249; Santschi, 1910f: 233; Forel, 1913h: 350; Santschi, 1914b: 67; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 752; Santschi, 1924b: 202; Menozzi, 1926a: 37; Menozzi, 1927f: 356; Menozzi, 1930b: 78; Finzi, 1939a: 162; Bolton, 1995b: 59; Hita Garcia, et al. 2013: 201; Borowiec, L. 2014: 7 (see note in bibliography).
    • Distribution: Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritania, Mozambique, Somalia.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus laetior, magrettii, sagittarius.



  • Gerstäcker, A. 1862. Hymenoptera Hautflügler. Pp. 439-526 in: Peters, W. C. H. Naturwissenschaftliche Reise nach Mossambique auf Befehl seiner Majestät des Königs Friedrich Wilhelm IV in den Jahren 1842 bis 1848 ausgeführt. Berlin: G. Reimer, 21 + 566 (page 501, also described as new)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Emery C. 1910. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Dorylinae. Genera Insectorum 102: 1-34.
  • Finzi B. 1939. Materiali zoologici dell'Eritrea raccolti da G. Müller durante la spedizione dell'Istituto Sieroterapico Milanese e conservati al Museo di Trieste. Parte III. Hymenoptera: Formicidae. Atti del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Trieste 14: 153-168.
  • Forel A. 1910. Ameisen aus der Kolonie Erythräa. Gesammelt von Prof. Dr. K. Escherich (nebst einigen in West-Abessinien von Herrn A. Ilg gesammelten Ameisen). Zoologische Jahrbücher. Abteilung für Systematik, Geographie und Biologie der Tiere 29: 243-274.
  • Hita Garcia F., E. Wiesel, G. Fischer. 2013. The ants of Kenya (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)—faunal overview, first species checklist, bibliography, accounts for all genera, and discussion on taxonomy and zoogeography. Journal of East African Natural History 101: 127-222.
  • Menozzi C. 1926. Formiche dell'Africa centrale. Bollettino della Società Entomologica Italiana. 58: 36-41.
  • Menozzi C. 1927. Raccolte mirmecologiche dell'Africa orientale conservate nel Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria di Genova. Parte I. Formiche raccolte dal Marchese Saverio Patrizi nella Somalia italiana ed in alcune località dell'Africa orientale inglese. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria. 52: 356-362.
  • Menozzi C. 1930. Formiche della Somalia italiana meridionale. Memorie della Società Entomologica Italiana. 9: 76-130.
  • Santschi F. 1910. Mission Gruvel et Chudeau en Mauritanie occidentale. III. Partie zoologique. Hyménoptères. 2e partie. Actes de la Société Linnéenne de Bordeaux. 64: 233-234.
  • Santschi F. 1924. Descriptions de nouveaux Formicides africains et notes diverses. II. Revue Zoologique Africaine (Brussels) 12: 195-224.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 711-1004