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Genus: Ectatomma   Smith, 1858 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)

Extant: 15 species

Fossil: 1 species

Ectatomma Smith, 1858a PDF: 102. Type-species: Formica tuberculata, by subsequent designation of Bingham, 1903 PDF: 82. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Genus Ectatomma references
Roger, 1863b: 17 (catalogue); Mayr, 1863a PDF: 409 (catalogue); Mayr, 1865 PDF: 14 (diagnosis); Mayr, 1867a PDF: 87 (diagnosis); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 23 (catalogue); Emery, 1911e PDF: 41 (diagnosis, subgenera key, catalogue); Gallardo, 1918c PDF: 30 (Argentina species key); Kusnezov, 1957e PDF: 13 (partial key); Brown, 1958g PDF: 206 (review of genus, key); Kempf, 1972b PDF: 104 (Neotropical catalogue); Smith, 1979: 1336 (North America catalogue); Kugler & Brown, 1982: 6 (all species key); Brandão, 1991 PDF: 341 (catalogue); Fernández, 1992: 551 (Colombia species key); Lattke, 1994 PDF: 109 (phylogeny); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1049 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 186 (catalogue) ; Arias-Penna, 2008B PDF: 56 (all species key); Boudinot, 2015 PDF: 56 (male identification); Nettel-Hernanz, Lachaud, Fresneau, López-Muñoz & Poteaux, 2015 PDF (phylogeny, biogeography)

Taxon Page Images:

Ectatomma tuberculatum tending the extrafloral nectary of an Inga tree. Many plants provide nectar to ants in exchange for protection from herbivores. Gamboa, Panama.
Image © Alex Wild.


   Genus is native to: Neotropical bioregion.

Nearctic Region: Puebla
Neotropical Region: Alajuela, Amambay, Amazonas, Aragua, Argentina, Atlántida, Barinas, Basse Terre, Bolivia, Bolívar, Boquerón, Brazil, Canal Zone, Canindeyú, Casanare, Cayenne, Chaco, Chiapas, Chontales, Colombia, Colon, Cordillera, Costa Rica, Darien, Demerara, Ecuador, El Progreso, El Salvador, Francisco Morazán, French Guiana, Galapagos Islands, Gracias a Dios, Granada, Grand Terre, Guadeloupe, Guanacaste, Guatemala, Guyana, Heredia, Honduras, Islas de la Bahía, Izabal, Jinotega, La Paz, Limón, Madre de Dios, Magdalena, Managua, Martinique, Matagalpa, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Meta, Michoacan, Misiones, Nicaragua, Nueva Segovia, Olancho, Panama, Panamá, Panamá Oeste, Para, Paraguay, Peru, Petén, Pte. Hayes, Puntarenas, Quintana Roo, Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte, Región Autónoma del Atlántico Sur, Rio de Janeiro, Rupununi, Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz, Sao Paulo, Sonsonate, Suriname, Tamaulipas, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Veracruz, West Demerara, Zacapa

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Ectatomma   Wheeler, W. M., 1923, Ants of the genera Myopias and Acanthoponera., Psyche 30, pp. 175-192: 186, (download) 186 3374
Ectatomma   Smith, F., 1858, Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae., London: British Museum, pp. -1--1: 102, (download) 102 8127
Ectatomma   Mayr, G., 1862, Myrmecologische Studien., Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 12, pp. 649-776: 731, (download) 731 4445

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