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Species: Neivamyrmex melshaemeri   (Haldeman, 1852) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Labidus melshaemeri Haldeman, 1852: 368, pl. 9, figs. 7-9 (m.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Combination in Eciton (Labidus): Mayr, 1886d PDF: 442; in Neivamyrmex (Acamatus): Emery, 1900e: 187; in Neivamyrmex (Neivamyrmex): Smith, 1942c PDF: 576; in Neivamyrmex: Borgmeier, 1953 PDF: 8.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Mexico, United States
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Nearctic, Neotropical

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Snelling, G. C. & Snelling, R. R., 2007, New synonymy, new species, new keys to Neivamyrmex army ants of the United States., Advances in ant systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Homage to E. O. Wilson - 50 years of contributions. (Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80), pp. 459-550

Neivamyrmex melshaemeri (Haldemann, 1852)HNS

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Labidus melshaemeri HaldemannHNS, 1852: 368; pl. 9 fig. 7 - 9 (m). U. S. A, Texas, Fort Gates (type lost).

Eciton (Labidus) melshaemeriHNS: Mayr, 1886 c: 442. Emery, 1895: 261 (m). Emery, 1896: 33.

Eciton (Acamatus) melshaemeriHNS: Emery, 1900: 516, 525 (m). Emery, 1910: 26.

Eciton melsheimeriHNS: Forel, 1899: 28 (m).

Eciton (Acamatus) melshaemeriHNS: Wheeler, 1908: 418 (m).

Eciton (Neivamyrmex) melshaemeriHNS: M. R. Smith, 1942: 576 (m). M. R. Smith, 1951: 780. Creighton, 1950: 73.

NeivamyrmexHNS melsheimeri: Borgmeier, 1955: 647 - 649 (m). Watkins, 1972: 351 (m). Watkins, 1976: 23 (m); Watkins, 1982: 213 (m).


UNITED STATES: Louisiana and Oklahoma west to Texas; MEXICO: Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi south to Chiapas and Yucatan; SOUTH AMERICA.


UNITED STATES, LOUISIANA, Beauregard Parish: DeRidder (LACM). TEXAS, Bexar Co.: San Antonio (CASC). Brazos Co.: College Station (TAMU, WPMC); 16 km W Bryan (WPMC). Cameron Co.: nr. Southmost Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary (TAMU, WPMC); Brownsville (LACM, GCSC, UCBC, USNM). Dimmit Co.: Winter Haven (MINN). Grayson Co., Sherman (TAMU). Liberty Co.: Devers (CUIC). Matagorda Co.: Blessing (TAMU). Morris Co.: Dangerfield (TAMU). Tarrant Co.: Fort Worth (LACM). Travis Co.: Austin (TAMU). Val Verde Co.: Juno (CUIC). Victoria Co.: Victoria (CUIC). Wharton Co.: Wharton (CUIC, LACM).

MEXICO, CHIAPAS: 12 mi N. Ocozocoautla (TAMU). TAMAULIPAS: Ciudad Victoria (WPMC); Ciudad Victoria , Canon La Libertad (TAMU).


This common small species can be confused with no other United States species. The long flexuous hairs on the body of this ant readily distinguish it from our other NeivamyrmexHNS. Throughout its range from the southern United States to South America this ant is morphologically quite uniform.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times at light, 1 times light trap, 1 times malaise trap, 1 times search.

Elevations: collected at 960 m

Type specimens:

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