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Species: Monomorium (monomorium) floricola   (Jerdon, 1851) 

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See Also:

Monomorium floricola furina, Monomorium floricola philippinense, Monomorium floricola philippinensis

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2016)

Atta floricola Jerdon, 1851 PDF: 107 (w.) INDIA. Indomalaya. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Forel, 1893j PDF: 388 (q.m.); Wheeler, 1905c PDF: 88 (q.m.); Donisthorpe, 1914a PDF: 136 (gynandromorph); Crawley, 1920d PDF: 217 (gynandromorph); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1955c PDF: 121 (l.).
Combination in Monomorium: Mayr, 1879 PDF: 671.
See also: Solis, Fox, Kato, et al. 2010: 15.


Region: Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo
Region: Australia, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Norfolk Island, Queensland, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Western Australia
Region: China, Japan, Macaronesia, Netherlands, United Kingdom
Region: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Reunion, Seychelles
Region: Alabama, Baja California, Florida, Mississippi, United States
Region: Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
Region: Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Wallis and Futuna Islands
Region: Florida Keys, Port of Entry
Region: Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Borneo, India, Indonesia, Krakatau Islands, Malaysia, Nicobar Island, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam

Distribution Notes:

Cabo Verde


Natural History:

This species is very common and occurs in and around houses and in low second growth vegetation almost anywhere in the country where ants occur. It nests opportunistically in any small cavity, usually in the low arboreal zone, and may become a house pest. Almost all the nests I have observed have been polygynous, with up to 7 dealate queens.


(Dutch vernacular name: Aziatische faraomier)

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Monomorium floricola   Fernández, F., 2007, Two new South American species of Monomorium Mayr with taxonomic notes on the genus., Advances in ant systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Homage to E. O. Wilson - 50 years of contributions. (Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80), pp. 128-145: 134, (download) 134 21280
Monomorium floricola   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: 388-389, (download) 388-389 3948
Monomorium floricola   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 33, (download) 33 21367
Monomorium floricola   Forel, A., 1895, Nouvelles fourmis de diverses provenances, surtout d'Australie., Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique 39, pp. 41-49: -1, (download) -1 3954
Monomorium floricola   Heterick, B. E., 2006, A revision of the Malagasy ants belonging to genus Monomorium Mayr, 1855 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 57, pp. 69-202: 122-125, (download) 122-125 21061

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 42 times found in tropical moist forest, 27 times found in coastal scrub, 21 times found in urban garden, 21 times found in urban/garden, 1 times found in port of entry/city, 11 times found in dry forest, 11 times found in rainforest, 2 times found in La Selva, 11 times found in mature wet forest, 9 times found in tropical dry forest, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 57 times MiniWinkler, 16 times search, 1 times hand collection, bait, recruiting to, 4 times 9 MaxiWinks, mixed samples, 9 times Winkler, 9 times aspirating; PB bait, 10 times Malaise, 8 times aspirating; PB & maple syrup bait, 5 times beating low vegetation, 7 times hand collection, 4 times aspirated, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 1980 meters, 145 meters average

Type specimens: Lectotype of Monomorium angusticlava: castype06928; Lectotype of Monomorium specularis: casent0916008; paralectotype of Momonorium angusticalava: casent0010954; syntype of Monomorium floricola furina: casent0908699; syntype of Monomorium floricola philippinensis: casent0908698

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