Zasphinctus rufiventris

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Zasphinctus rufiventris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Zasphinctus
Species: Z. rufiventris
Binomial name
Zasphinctus rufiventris
(Santschi, 1915)

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Specimen Labels



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Benin (type locality), Mali.

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.

  • rufiventris. Sphinctomyrmex rufiventris Santschi, 1915c: 244, fig. 1 (m.) BENIN, MALI.
    • Type-material: 6 syntype males.
    • Type-localities: 2 males Benin (“Haut Dahomey”): Djougon, Kouandé (Desanti), 2 males Benin (“Haut Dahomey”): Kika (Ribot), 2 males Mali (“Soudan français”): Sikosso, 1900 (Chevalier).
    • Type-depositories: MNHN, NHMB.
    • Combination in Aethiopopone: Santschi, 1930a: 49;
    • combination in Sphinctomyrmex: Brown, 1975: 33;
    • combination in Zasphinctus: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 243.
    • Status as species: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 755; Viehmeyer, 1923: 85; Santschi, 1930a: 49; Brown, 1975: 33; Bolton, 1995b: 392.
    • Distribution: Benin, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Hita Garcia F., G. Fischer, C. Liu, T. L. Audisio, and E. P. Economo. 2017. Next-generation morphological character discovery and evaluation: an X-ray micro-CT enhanced revision of the ant genus Zasphinctus Wheeler (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Dorylinae) in the Afrotropics. ZooKeys 693: 33–93.
  • Medler J. T. 1980: Insects of Nigeria - Check list and bibliography. Mem. Amer. Ent. Inst. 30: i-vii, 1-919.
  • Santschi F. 1915. Nouvelles fourmis d'Afrique. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 84: 244-282.
  • Santschi F. 1930. Description de Formicides éthiopiens nouveaux ou peu connus. V. Bulletin et Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 70: 49-77.
  • Tchibozo S., and N. Kaminski. 2006. Note on the social bugs of Benin, West Africa. IUSSI meeting, Washington DC, August 1st 2006.
  • Viehmeyer H. 1923. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der mit Unterstützung der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien aus der Erbschaft Treitl von F. Werner unternommenen zoologischen Expedition nach dem anglo-ägyptischen Sudan (Kordofan) 1914. VII. Hymenoptera A. Formicidae. Denkschriften der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien. Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Klasse 98: 83-94.
  • Watt, A.D., N.E. Stork and B.Bolton. 2002. The diversity and abundance of ants in relation to forest disturbance and plantation establishment in southern Cameroon. Journal of Applied Ecology 39(1):18-30.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 711-1004