Dorylus atriceps

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Dorylus atriceps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Dorylus
Species: D. atriceps
Binomial name
Dorylus atriceps
Shuckard, 1840

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Specimen Labels



A member of the Dorylus orientalis-group.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Gambia (type locality), Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • atriceps. Dorylus atriceps Shuckard, 1840c: 323 (m.) GAMBIA. Combination in D. (Shuckardia): Emery, 1895j: 740; in D. (Alaopone): Emery, 1910b: 15. Senior synonym of ritsemae: Emery, 1895j: 740.
  • shuckardi. Dorylus shuckardi Ritsema, 1874: 182 (m.) GUINEA. [Junior secondary homonym of Typhlopone shuckardi Westwood, above.] Replacement name: ritsemae Dalla Torre, 1892: 89.
  • ritsemae. Dorylus ritsemae Dalla Torre, 1892: 89. Replacement name for shuckardi Ritsema, 1874: 182. [Junior secondary homonym of shuckardi Westwood, 1840b: 88.] Junior synonym of atriceps: Emery, 1895j: 740.



  • Emery, C. 1895l. Die Gattung Dorylus Fab. und die systematische Eintheilung der Formiciden. Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Geogr. Biol. Tiere 8: 685-778 (page 740, Combination in D. (Shuckardia), Senior synonym of ritsemae)
  • Emery, C. 1910b. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Dorylinae. Genera Insectorum 102: 1-34 (page 15, Combination in D. (Alaopone))
  • Shuckard, W. E. 1840c. Monograph of the Dorylidae, a family of the Hymenoptera Heterogyna. (Concluded from p. 271.). Ann. Nat. Hist. 5: 315-328 (page 323, male described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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