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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Mesanoplolepis
Santschi, 1926
Type species
Plagiolepis simulans, now Tapinolepis simulans

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Specimen Labels

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


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

  • MESANOPLOLEPIS [junior synonym of Tapinolepis]
    • Mesanoplolepis Santschi, 1926a: 14 [as subgenus of Anoplolepis]. Type-species: Plagiolepis simulans, by original designation.
    • Mesanoplolepis junior synonym of Tapinolepis: Bolton, 2003: 107, 267.


  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 107, 267, Mesanoplolepis as junior synonym of Tapinolepis)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1973b. A comparison of the Hylean and Congo-West African rain forest ant faunas. Pp. 161-185 in: Meggers, B. J., Ayensu, E. S., Duckworth, W. D. (eds.) Tropical forest ecosystems in Africa and South America: a comparative review. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, viii + 350 pp. (page 182, Mesanoplolepis as junior synonym of Anoplolepis (provisional))
  • Santschi, F. 1926a. Trois notes myrmécologiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 95: 13-28 (page 14, Mesanoplolepis as subgenus of Anoplolepis)