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Genus: Polyergus   Latreille, 1804 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

14 species

Polyergus Latreille, 1804: 179. Type-species: Formica rufescens, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Genus Polyergus references
Mayr, 1855 PDF: 383 (diagnosis); Roger, 1863b: 12 (catalogue); Mayr, 1863a PDF: 443 (catalogue); Mayr, 1865 PDF: 8 (diagnosis); Forel, 1878c PDF: 373 (diagnosis); André, 1882b: 162 (Europe & Algeria species); Cresson, 1887 PDF: 255 (U.S.A. catalogue); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 214 (catalogue); Emery, 1925d PDF: 267 (diagnosis, catalogue); Buren, 1944a PDF: 310 (U.S.A., Iowa species key); Smith, 1947g PDF: 152 (U.S.A. species key); Creighton, 1950a PDF: 556 (North America species key); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 203 (Asia checklist); Gregg, 1963: 632 (U.S.A., Colorado species key); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1963: 274 (U.S.A., North Dakota species key); Bernard, 1967a PDF: 329 (diagnosis); Wheeler, 1968 PDF: 156 (Nearctic species, male genitalia); Smith, 1979: 1466 (North America catalogue); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1986g PDF: 95 (U.S.A., Nevada species key); Kupyanskaya, 1990a: 207 (Far Eastern Russia species key); Agosti, 1994b PDF: 109 (diagnosis, review of genus); Bolton, 1994: 50 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1052 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 342 (catalogue); Kupyanskaya, 1995: 361 (Far Eastern Russia species key); Mackay & MacKay, 2002 PDF: 359 (U.S.A., New Mexico species key); Bolton, 2003 PDF: 129 (synopsis); Trager, 2013 PDF (global revision, diagnosis, key to species, natural history); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 169 (brief male diagnosis)

Taxon Page Images:

A queen Polyergus mexicanus with a host Formica argentea worker. Sagehen Creek, California, USA.
Image © Alex Wild.


   Genus is native to: Nearctic, Palearctic bioregions (based on species list records).

Indomalaya Region: Asia
Nearctic Region: Alberta, Arizona, Arkansas, Baja California, British Columbia, California, Canada, Colorado, Connecticut, Durango, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North America, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, United States, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Neotropical Region: Americas, Central America, Mexico
Palearctic Region: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Catalonia, Central Asia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Eastern Asia, Eastern Europe, Emilia-Romagna, Europe, Flemish Brabant, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kanagawa, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Limburg, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madrid, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, North Korea, Northern Europe, Norway, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Southern Europe, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tokyo, Turkey, Tyva, Valencia, Western Asia, Western Europe

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Polyergus   Jerdon, T. C., 1851, A catalogue of the species of ants found in southern India., Madras Journal of Literature and Science 17, pp. 103-127: 103, (download) 103 4764
Polyergus   Collingwood, C. A., 1979, The Formicidae (Hymenoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark., Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 8, pp. 1-174: 155, (download) 155 6175
Polyergus   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: 30, (download) 30 21008

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