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Genus: Acropyga   Roger, 1862 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2016)

Extant: 40 species

Fossil: 1 species

Acropyga Roger, 1862a PDF: 242 . Type-species: Acropyga acutiventris, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Acropyga in Camponotinae: Forel, 1878c PDF: 379 [Camponotidae]; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF}: 174.
Acropyga in Formicinae, Plagiolepidini: Ashmead, 1905c PDF: 384; Wheeler, 1922: 695; Emery, 1925d PDF: 27; all subsequent authors except the two following.
Acropyga in Formicinae, Lasius genus group: Agosti, 1991 PDF: 296.
Acropyga as junior synonym of Plagiolepis: Mayr, 1863a PDF: 394.
Acropyga as genus: Roger, 1862a PDF: 242; Smith, 1871b PDF: 319; Forel, 1878c PDF: 379; all subsequent authors.
Genus Acropyga references
Roger, 1863bRoger, J. 1863b. Verzeichniss der Formiciden-Gattungen und Arten. Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift 7(Beilage):1-65. [1863-06] 128094: 11 (catalogue); Forel, 1878cForel, A. 1878c. Études myrmécologiques en 1878 (première partie) avec l'anatomie du gésier des fourmis. Bulletin de la Société Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles 15:337-392. [1878-10] PDF 125003: 379 (diagnosis); Dalla Torre, 1893Dalla Torre, K. W. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. [1893] PDF 124002}: 174 (catalogue); Bingham, 1903Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. [1903] PDF 122766: 332 (diagnosis); Wheeler, 1922Wheeler, W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. New York: Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 1139. 133015: 928 (Afrotropical catalogue); Emery, 1925dEmery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183:1-302. [1925-12-31] PDF 124775: 27 (diagnosis, subgenera key, catalogue); Emery, 1925dEmery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183:1-302. [1925-12-31] PDF 124775: 29, 30 ({? A}(Rhizomyrma{? , Atopodon & Malacomyrma}){? diagnoses, catalogues}); Weber, 1944bWeber, N. A. 1944b. The neotropical coccid-tending ants of the genus Acropyga Roger. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 37:89-122. [1944-04-10] PDF 129731: 91 (Neotropical Acropyga (Rhizomyrma) species key); Chapman & Capco, 1951Chapman, J. W.; Capco, S. R. 1951. Check list of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Asia. Monographs of the Institute of Science and Technology. Manila 1:1-327. [1951] PDF 123583: 210 (Asia checklist); Kempf, 1972bKempf, W. W. 1972b. Catálogo abreviado das formigas da região Neotropical. Studia Entomologica 15:3-344. [1972-08-25] PDF 126357: 16 (Neotropical catalogue); Smith, 1979Smith, D. R. 1979. Superfamily Formicoidea. Pp. 1323-1467 in: Krombein, K. V.; Hurd, P. D.; Smith, D. R.; Burks, B. D. (eds.) 1979. Catalog of Hymenoptera in America north of Mexico. Volume 2. Apocrita (Aculeata). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, pp. i-xvi, 1199-2209. [1979] 128659: 1423 (North America catalogue); Taylor & Brown, 1985Taylor, R. W.; Brown, D. R. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2:1-149, 306-348. [1985] 129218: 107 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987aTaylor, R. W. 1987a. A checklist of the ants of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Entomology Report 41:1-92. [1987-06] PDF 129202: 5 (Australia checklist); Morisita, Kubota, et al., 1991: 14 (Japan species key); Wang & Wu, 1992aWang, C.; Wu, J. 1992a. A new species of the ant genus Acropyga Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of China. [In Chinese.]. Scientia Silvae Sinicae 28:226-229. [1992-05] PDF 129585: 227 (China species key); Bolton, 1994Bolton, B. 1994. Identification guide to the ant genera of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 222 pp. [1994-07-25] 122834: 51 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995aBolton, B. 1995a. A taxonomic and zoogeographical census of the extant ant taxa (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Natural History 29:1037-1056. [1995-08] PDF 122859: 1047 (census); Bolton, 1995bBolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. [1995-10] 122860: 57 (catalogue); Shattuck, 1999Shattuck, S. O. 1999. Australian ants. Their biology and identification. Collingwood, Victoria: CSIRO Publishing, xi + 226 pp. [1999-01] 132308: 86 (Australia synopsis); Terayama, Fellowes & Zhou, 2002Terayama, M.; Fellowes, J. R.; Zhou, S. 2002. The East Asian species of the ant genus Acropyga Roger, 1862 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). Edaphologia 70:21-32. [2002-08] PDF 132441: 22 (diagnosis, East Asian species key); LaPolla, 2004LaPolla, J. S. 2004. Acropyga (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the world. Contributions of the American Entomological Institute 33(3):1-130. [2004-07] PDF 131663: 16 (diagnosis, all species revision, New World species key: 23, Old World species key: 27); LaPolla & Fisher, 2005LaPolla, J. S.; Fisher, B. L. 2005. A remarkable new species of Acropyga (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Gabon, with a key to the Afrotropical species. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (4)56:601-605. [2005-12-30] PDF 131675: 601 (Afrotropical species, key); LaPolla, Schultz, et al. 2006: 197 (phylogeny); Terayama, 2009Terayama, M. 2009. A synopsis of the family Formicidae of Taiwan (Insecta: Hymenoptera). Research Bulletin of Kanto Gakuen University. Liberal Arts 17:81-266. [2009] PDF 132431: 204 (Taiwan species key); Heterick, 2009Heterick, B. E. 2009. A guide to the ants of south-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 76:1-206. PDF 131481: 60 (south-western Australia species key).

Taxon Page Images:

A nearly blind Acropyga goeldii worker ant tends to root-feeding mealybugs in an underground chamber. The ants depend on their hemipteran "cattle" for food, while the mealybugs are kept safe from predators and carried to new roots by their ant guards. Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Image © Alex Wild.


African Region: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Australian Region: Australia, New Guinea, Queensland, Solomon Islands, Western Australia
Eurasian Region: China, Crete, Ethiopia, Greece, Japan, United Arab Emirates
Nearctic Region: Arizona
Neotropical Region: Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
Pacific Islands Region: Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore
South East Asia Region: Borneo, India, Krakatau Islands, Nepal, Nicobar Island, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Xishuangbanna

Taxon Page Author History

On 2015-08-05 07:56:30 Manoj Vembayam modified Images
On 2013-08-20 09:31:41 Zach Lieberman modified Images
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Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Acropyga   Forel, A., 1893, Formicides de l'Antille St. Vincent. Récoltées par Mons. H. H. Smith., Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 1893, pp. 333-418: 347-348, (download) 347-348 3948
Acropyga nov. gen  Roger, J., 1862, Einige neue exotische Ameisen-Gattungen und Arten., Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift 6, pp. 233-254: 242-243, (download) 242-243 4098

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