Leptogenys ergatogyna

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Leptogenys ergatogyna
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Leptogenys
Species: L. ergatogyna
Binomial name
Leptogenys ergatogyna
Wheeler, W.M., 1922

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Cameroun, Democratic Republic of Congo (type locality), Ghana, Uganda.

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Unlike the ergatoid queens of other Leptogenys species, L. ergatogyna (one queen examined) retains distinct (although reduced) flight sclerites despite the absence of wings (Wheeler 1922b, Bolton 1975). Three vestigial ocelli are present, of which the median (anterior) is the best developed.

Queen of L. ergatogyna. From Wheeler 1922b.


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

  • ergatogyna. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) ergatogyna Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 95, fig. 20 (q.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Senior synonym of cursor: Bolton, 1975a: 276.
  • cursor. Leptogenys (Lobopelta) cursor Arnold, 1954: 293, fig. 4 (w.) UGANDA. Junior synonym of ergatogyna: Bolton, 1975a: 276.



  • Arnold, G. 1954. New Formicidae from Kenya and Uganda. Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge Nouv. Sér. Quarto Sci. Zool. 1: 291-295.
  • Bolton, B. 1975a. A revision of the ant genus Leptogenys Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Ethiopian region with a review of the Malagasy species. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 31: 235-305 (page 276, Senior synonym of cursor)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922b. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. II. The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 39-269 (page 95, fig. 20 queen described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bolton B. 1975. A revision of the ant genus Leptogenys Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Ethiopian region with a review of the Malagasy species. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Entomology 31: 235-305.
  • IZIKO South Africa Museum Collection