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Genus: Iridomyrmex   Mayr, 1862 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2015)

Extant: 79 species, 1 subspecies

Fossil: 5 species

Iridomyrmex Mayr, 1862 PDF: 653 (diagnosis in key), 702. Type-species: Formica detecta (junior synonym of Formica purpurea), by subsequent designation of Bingham, 1903 PDF: 297. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Genus Iridomyrmex references
Roger, 1863b: 13 (catalogue); Mayr, 1863a PDF: 424 (catalogue); Mayr, 1865: 10 (diagnosis); Mayr, 1867a PDF: 76 (diagnosis); Forel, 1878c PDF: 381 (diagnosis); Cresson, 1887 PDF: 257 (U.S.A. catalogue); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF}: 168 (catalogue); Forel, 1895f PDF: 467 (India & Sri Lanka species key); Bingham, 1903 PDF: 298 (India, Sri Lanka & Burma species key); Emery, 1913a PDF: 21 (diagnosis, catalogue); Arnold, 1915: 145 (diagnosis); Creighton, 1950a PDF: 341 (North America species key); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 188 (Asia checklist); Bernard, 1967a PDF: 250 (diagnosis); Kempf, 1972b PDF: 124 (Neotropical catalogue); Smith, 1979: 1417 (North America catalogue); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 96 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 30 (Australia, New Caledonia & New Zealand checklist); Shattuck, 1992a PDF: 14 (diagnosis); Shattuck, 1992c PDF: 101 (diagnosis, review of genus); Shattuck, 1993a PDF: 118 (Iridomyrmex purpureus group, key); Shattuck, 1993b PDF: 1306 (Iridomyrmex calvus group, key); Shattuck, 1994 PDF: 99 (catalogue); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1050 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 217 (catalogue); Shattuck, 1996A PDF: 37 (Iridomyrmex discors group); Shattuck, 1998: 303 (Iridomyrmex conifer group, key); Shattuck, 1999: 72 (Australia synopsis); Heterick, 2009 PDF: 48 (south-western Australia species key); Heterick & Shattuck, 2011 PDF: 22 (diagnosis, all species revision, key).

Taxon Page Images:

The scientific name of Australian meat ants is Iridomyrmex, or "rainbow ants", referring to their blue-green iridescent sheen. (I. purpureus). Yandoit, Victoria, Australia.
Image © Alex Wild.

Taxon Page Author History

On 2013-08-22 07:13:04 Zach Lieberman modified Images
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