Aenictus luteus

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Aenictus luteus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Aenictus
Species: A. luteus
Binomial name
Aenictus luteus
Emery, 1892

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone (type locality).

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 males. Table of castes known for all Afrotropical Aenictus species.

Images from AntWeb

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Syntype of Aenictus luteusMale (alate). Specimen code casent0903758. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MSNG, Genoa, Italy.


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

  • luteus. Aenictus luteus Emery, 1892d: 568, pl. 15, figs. 11, 12 (m.) SIERRA LEONE.
    • Type-material: 2 syntype males (one with head missing).
    • Type-locality: Sierra Leone: (no further data) (bought from Staudinger & Bang-Haas).
    • Type-depository: MSNG.
    • [Note: in the original description Emery says, “deux exemplaires de Sierra-Leone”, but Emery, 1895j: 747, gives the type-locality as Ghana (“Goldküste”). It is not apparent if this is an error or a correction.]
    • Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 8; Emery, 1895j: 747; Emery, 1910b: 32; Santschi, 1920d: 373; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 753; Bolton, 1995b: 60.
    • Distribution: Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus moestus.



  • Emery, C. 1892f [1891]. Voyage de M. Ch. Alluaud dans le territoire d'Assinie (Afrique occidentale) en juillet et août 1886. Formicides. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 60: 553-574 (page 568, pl. 15, figs. 11, 12 male described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec M. L. 2016. Generic revision of the ant subfamily Dorylinae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). ZooKeys 608: 1–280.
  • Emery C. 1892. Voyage de M. Ch. Alluaud dans le territoire d'Assinie (Afrique occidentale) en juillet et août 1886. Formicides. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 60: 553-574.
  • Emery C. 1910. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Dorylinae. Genera Insectorum 102: 1-34.
  • 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