Plagiolepis longwang

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Plagiolepis longwang
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Plagiolepis
Species: P. longwang
Binomial name
Plagiolepis longwang
Terayama, 2009

Plagiolepis longwang side (

Plagiolepis longwang top (

Specimen labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Plagiolepis longwang.


Terayama (2009) - Separated from the East Asian congeners by the black color and the large body size.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Taiwan (type locality).

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.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




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

  • longwang. Plagiolepis longwang Terayama, 2009: 213, figs. 296, 297 (w.) TAIWAN.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Holotype. HL 0.76, HW 0.73, SL 0.73, WI, 0.95, PL 0.31, PH 0.24, DPW 0.18, TL 2.8.

Head slightly longer than wide, with straight posterior margin and convex sides in full face view; frons and vertex smooth and shining. Antennal scape exceeding posterior margin of head by 1/3 its length, without distinct hairs; 3rd to 11th (terminal) segments each longer than wide. Eye 0.18 in maximum diameter.

Pronotum smooth and shining, with 3-4 pairs of erect hairs on the dorsum; mesonotum with a pair of erect hairs; metanotal groove incised dorsally; propodeum shining, with flat dorsum, with a pair of erect hairs in profile; in dorsal view, dorsal disc broad and trapezoidal, widest at posteriorend, as long as maximum width; maximum width 0.37 mm. Petiole low, longer than high, scale obtuse triangular; anterior margin steeper than posterior margin.

Gaster smooth and shining.

Color. Body black; antenna dark brown.

Type Material

Holotype. Worker, Chaochow, Pongtung Pref., 25.ix.1986, J. C. Lien leg. 2w, same data as the holotype; 1 w, Chihpenxi, Taidong Pref., 17.v.1986, J. C. Lien leg.


The specific epithet is the Chinese noun Longwang, which is the name of a Taiwanese god.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Guénard B., and R. R. Dunn. 2012. A checklist of the ants of China. Zootaxa 3558: 1-77.
  • Ran H., and S. Y. Zhou. 2013. Checklist of Chinese Ants: Formicomorph Subfamilies ( Hymenoptera: Formicidae) (III). Journal of Guangxi Normal University : Natural Science Edition 31(1): 104-111.
  • Terayama M. 2009. A synopsis of the family Formicidae of Taiwan (Insecta: Hymenoptera). Research Bulletin of Kanto Gakuen University. Liberal Arts 17:81-266.
  • Terayama Mamoru. 2009. A synopsis of the family Formicidae of Taiwan (Insecta, Hymenoptera). The Research Bulletin of Kanto Gakuen University 17: 81-266.
  • Terayama, M. 2009. A synopsis of the family Formicidae of Taiwan (Insecta; Hymenoptera). The Research Bulletin of Kanto Gakuen University 17: 81-266.