Meranoplus castaneus

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Meranoplus castaneus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Meranoplus
Species: M. castaneus
Binomial name
Meranoplus castaneus
Smith, F., 1857

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo (type locality), Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia.
Oriental Region: Thailand.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • castaneus. Meranoplus castaneus Smith, F. 1857a: 81, pl. 2, fig. 7 (q.) BORNEO. Forel, 1910a: 29 (w.). Senior synonym of cordatus: Forel, 1912n: 61; of hammaceros, javanus: Schödl, 1998: 378.
  • cordatus. Meranoplus cordatus Smith, F. 1857a: 82, pl. 2, fig. 5 (w.) BORNEO. Junior synonym of castaneus: Forel, 1912n: 61.
  • hammaceros. Meranoplus castaneus subsp. hammaceros Forel, 1912n: 60 (w.) INDONESIA (Sumatra). Junior synonym of castaneus: Schödl, 1998: 378.
  • javanus. Meranoplus bellii subsp. javanus Karavaiev, 1935a: 98, fig. 22 (w.) INDONESIA (Java). Junior synonym of castaneus: Schödl, 1998: 378.

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Meranoplus castaneus

Holotype queen in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Sar. 6.”

Meranoplus cordatus

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Sar. 3.”



  • Forel, A. 1910a. Glanures myrmécologiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 54: 6-32 (page 29, worker described)
  • Forel, A. 1912o. Einige neue und interessante Ameisenformen aus Sumatra etc. Zool. Jahrb. Suppl. 15("Erster Ba Band: 51-78 (page 61, Senior synonym of cordatus)
  • Schödl, S. 1998. Taxonomic revision of Oriental Meranoplus F. Smith, 1853 (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae). Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien. B. Bot. Zool. 100: 361-394 (page 378, Senior synonym of hammaceros and javanus)
  • Smith, F. 1857a. Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects collected at Sarawak, Borneo; Mount Ophir, Malacca; and at Singapore, by A. R. Wallace. [part]. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 2: 42-88 (page 81, pl. 2, fig. 7 queen described)