Nesomyrmex latinodis

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Nesomyrmex latinodis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Nesomyrmex
Species: N. latinodis
Binomial name
Nesomyrmex latinodis
(Mayr, 1895)


Taylor & McGavin (2020) - A small ant, TL 3.1-3.8 mm. A widespread sub-Saharan form that appears to have been wrongly lumped with the Egypt/North Africa type Nesomyrmex angulatus (Mayr, 1862, CASENT0914922) by Bolton (1982). N. latinodis has a wider postpetiole and slightly longer scapes; it also has more sharply angled anterior pronotal corners. N. angulatus specimens appear to have consistently distinctive dark apical segments to the funiculi. Ten findings of 1-7 specimens; five on V. nilotica (Trees 5/55, 5/56, 5/57, 5/63 & 5/64), two on C. molle (Trees 2/18 & 2/31); two on L. schweinfurthii (Trees 3/66 & 3/67); and, one on T. brownii (Tree 3/68). All our specimens match the form and structure of N. latinodis.

Note that both Csosz & Fisher (2016) and Hita Garcia et al. (2017) examined the species group containing this form and concluded that it should be treated as a junior synonym of Nesomyrmex angulatus. Taylor and McGavin (2020) did not comment on either of these studies (or cite them in any way).


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Mozambique (type locality), United Republic of Tanzania.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.




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

  • latinodis. Leptothorax latinodis Mayr, 1895: 130 (w.) MOZAMBIQUE.
    • [Leptothorax latinodis Emery, 1895f: 337 (in list). Nomen nudum (attributed to Mayr).]
    • Combination in L. (Goniothorax): Emery, 1896g: 58 (footnote).
    • Status as species: Arnold, 1916: 259; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 891, 1029; Emery, 1924d: 250.
    • Junior synonym of angulatus: Bolton, 1982: 324; Bolton, 1995b: 240; Csösz & Fisher, 2016a: 16; Hita Garcia, Mbanyana, et al. 2017: 15.
    • Status as species: Taylor & McGavin, 2020: 14.