Tapinolepis melanaria

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Tapinolepis melanaria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Tapinolepis
Species: T. melanaria
Binomial name
Tapinolepis melanaria
(Arnold, 1922)

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Zimbabwe (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • melanaria. Plagiolepis (Anoplolepis) melanaria Arnold, 1922: 599 (w.) ZIMBABWE. Combination in Anoplolepis: Emery, 1925b: 18; in Anoplolepis (Mesanoplolepis): Santschi, 1926a: 14; in Tapinolepis: Bolton, 2003: 268. Current subspecies: nominal plus ochraceotincta.



  • Arnold, G. 1922. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part V. Myrmicinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 579-674 (page 599, worker described)
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 67, catalogue)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 268, Combination in Tapinolepis)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 18, combination in Anoplolepis)
  • Santschi, F. 1926a. Trois notes myrmécologiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 95: 13-28 (page 14, combination in Anoplolepis (Mesanoplolepis))

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • IZIKO South Africa Museum Collection