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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Anisopheidole
Forel, 1914
Type species
Pheidole froggatti (junior synonym of Pheidole antipodum)

Pheidole antipodum side view

Pheidole antipodum top view

Specimen labels

This genus is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Pheidole.


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

  • ANISOPHEIDOLE [junior synonym of Pheidole]
    • Anisopheidole Forel, 1914c: 616 (footnote) [as subgenus of Pheidole]. Type-species: Pheidole froggatti (junior synonym of Atta antipodum), by monotypy.
    • [Anisopheidole also described as new by Forel, 1915b: 61.]
    • Anisopheidole raised to genus: Ettershank, 1966: 129.
    • Anisopheidole junior synonym of Pheidole: Ward et al., 2014: 15.


  • Bolton, B. 1987. A review of the Solenopsis genus-group and revision of Afrotropical Monomorium Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 54: 263-452 (page 265, Anisopheidole in Myrmicinae, Pheidologeton genus group)
  • Bolton, B. 1994. Identification guide to the ant genera of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 222 pp. (page 106, Anisopheidole in Myrmicinae, Pheidologetini [Pheidologetonini])
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 10, 228, Anisopheidole transferred to tribe Pheidolini)
  • Dlussky, G. M.; Fedoseeva, E. B. 1988. Origin and early stages of evolution in ants. Pp. 70-144 in: Ponomarenko, A. G. (ed.) Cretaceous biocenotic crisis and insect evolution. Moskva: Nauka, 232 pp. (page 80, Anisopheidole in Myrmicinae, Pheidologetini)
  • Emery, C. 1915g. Noms de sous-genres et de genres proposés pour la sous-famille des Myrmicinae. Modifications à la classification de ce groupe (Hymenoptera Formicidae). Bull. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 1915: 189-192 (page 190, Anisopheidole as subgenus of Pheidole )
  • Emery, C. 1921c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174A:1-94 94: 1-94 + 7 (page 83, Anisopheidole in Myrmicinae, Pheidolini; Anisopheidole as subgenus of Pheidole )
  • Ettershank, G. 1966. A generic revision of the world Myrmicinae related to Solenopsis and Pheidologeton (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Aust. J. Zool. 14: 73-171 (page 81, 129, Anisopheidole in Myrmicinae, Pheidologeton genus group; Anisopheidole raised to genus and review of genus)
  • Forel, A. 1914c. Einige amerikanische Ameisen. Dtsch. Entomol. Z. 1914: 615-620 (page 616, Anisopheidole (footnote) as subgenus of Pheidole )
  • Forel, A. 1915b. Results of Dr. E. Mjöbergs Swedish Scientific Expeditions to Australia 1910-13. 2. Ameisen. Ark. Zool. 9(1 16: 1-119 (page 61, Anisopheidole also described as new)
  • Forel, A. 1917. Cadre synoptique actuel de la faune universelle des fourmis. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 51: 229-253 (page 241, Anisopheidole in Myrmicinae, Pheidolini; Anisopheidole as subgenus of Pheidole )
  • Greenslade, P. J. M. (1979) A guide to ants of South Australia. Adelaide: South Australian Museum (Special Educational Bulletin Series). 44 pp.
  • Hölldobler, B.; Wilson, E. O. 1990. The ants. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, xii + 732 pp. (page 16, Anisopheidole in Myrmicinae, Pheidologetini)
  • Kugler, C. (1986) Stings of ants of the tribe Pheidologetini (Myrmicinae). Insecta Mundi, 1: 221–230.
  • Taylor, R. W.; Brown, D. R. 1985. Formicoidea. Zool. Cat. Aust. 2:1- 149: 1-149, 30 (page 54, Anisopheidole as genus)
  • Ward, P.S., Brady, S.G., Fisher, B.L. & Schultz, T.R. 2014. The evolution of myrmicine ants: phylogeny and biogeography of a hyperdiverse ant clade (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Systematic Entomology, DOI: 10.1111/syen.12090.
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1985b. A simplified conspectus of the Formicidae. Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 111: 255-264 (page 257, Anisopheidole in Myrmicinae, Pheidologetini)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922i. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VII. Keys to the genera and subgenera of ants. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 631-710 (page 673, Anisopheidole as subgenus of Pheidole )