The Ants of Africa
Genus Linepithema
Linepithema humile (Mayr)

Linepithema humile (Mayr)

return to key return to listIran List {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Argentina (Hypoclinea humilis n. sp., Mayr, 1868b: 164, worker; Forel, 1908c: 395, male; Newall, 1908: 28, queen; placed in Iridomyrmex by Emery,1888d: 386; then in Linepithema by Shattuck, 1992a: 16) - see below
all forms described (see Bolton, 1995) .
Newell [Newall?], W. 1908. Notes on the habits of the Argentine or "New Orleans" ant, Iridomyrmex humilis Mayr. J. Econ. Entomol., 1: 21-34 not in Bolton's (1995) reference list

Mayr's (1868) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1908c) description of the male is at {original description}. Arnold (1915: 145) gave an illustrated translation as Iridomyrmex humilis, this is at {original description}.

Southern African findings were listed by Wheeler (1922: 922) under Iridomyrmex humilis; from Lesotho, Maseru, by R M Sloley; and, South Africa, Cape Town, by Bingham, G Arnold & H Brauns - see a worker at

See The Global Invasive Species Database for more information.

Reference: Emery, C. 1888d. über den sogenannten Kaumagen einiger Ameisen. Zeitschrift für Wissenschaftliche Zoologie, 46, 378-412

{Linepitema humile}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Linepithema humile
B Taylor det.

M Eichhorn

38°38'8" N
9°11'30" W
heavily degraded scrubland, dominated by Acacia dealbata, Cistus salvifolius and Pistacia lenticularis,
 and were foraging on the Acacia. The site is south of Lisbon, approximately 5km inland

{Linepithema humile}The photomontage is of specimens from Portugal, Lisbon, approximately 5km inland, at W 9°11'30", N 38°38',8", collector Markus Eichhorn and students.

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