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Genus: Megalomyrmex   Forel, 1885 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2016)

44 species

Megalomyrmex Forel, 1885a PDF: 371 . Type-species: Megalomyrmex leoninus, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Genus Megalomyrmex references
Emery, 1890cEmery, C. 1890c. Studii sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. Bullettino della Società Entomologica Italiana 22:38-80. [1890-09-15] 124551: 47 (all species key); 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}: 71 (catalogue); Wheeler, 1909bWheeler, W. M. 1909b. Ants collected by Prof. F. Silvestri in Mexico. Bollettino del Laboratorio di Zoologia Generale e Agraria della Reale Scuola Superiore d'Agricoltura. Portici 3:228-238. [1909-04-02] PDF 130036: 236 (all species key); Emery, 1922cEmery, C. 1922c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174B:95-206. [1922-09-02] PDF 124756: 189 (diagnosis, catalogue); Wheeler, 1925aWheeler, W. M. 1925a. Neotropical ants in the collections of the Royal Museum of Stockholm. Arkiv för Zoologi 17A(8):1-55. [1925-02-07] 130175: 32 (all species key); Ettershank, 1966Ettershank, G. 1966. A generic revision of the world Myrmicinae related to Solenopsis and Pheidologeton (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 14:73-171. [1966-02] PDF 124845: 101 (diagnosis, review of genus, checklist); Kempf, 1972bKempf, W. W. 1972b. Catálogo abreviado das formigas da região Neotropical. Studia Entomologica 15:3-344. [1972-08-25] PDF 126357: 139 (catalogue); Bolton, 1987Bolton, B. 1987. A review of the Solenopsis genus-group and revision of Afrotropical Monomorium Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Entomology 54:263-452. [1987-06-25] PDF 122832: 285 (genus); Brandão, 1990bBrandão, C. R. F. 1990b. Systematic revision of the Neotropical ant genus Megalomyrmex Forel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae), with the description of thirteen new species. Arquivos de Zoologia (São Paulo) 31:411-481. [1990-09-21] PDF 122997: 411 (diagnosis, all species revision, key); 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: 1050 (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: 249 (catalogue); Longino, 2010Longino, J. T. 2010. A taxonomic review of the ant genus Megalomyrmex Forel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Central America. Zootaxa 2720:35-58. [2010-12-13] PDF 132747: 37 (Central America species key); Boudinot, Sumnicht & Adams, 2013Boudinot, B. E.; Sumnicht, T. P.; Adams, R. M. M. 2013. Central American ants of the genus Megalomyrmex Forel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): six new species and keys to workers and males. Zootaxa 3732:1-82. [2013-11-04] PDF 142502: 1 (male diagnosis, Central America species keys).

Taxon Page Images:

Colonies of the social parasite Megalomyrmex adamsae are small, consisting of only a handful of ants. They raise their brood in small chambers built within the fungus gardens of their host species. Here the queen is visible in the middle of the nest chamber. Panama; captive colony at the University of Texas.
Image © Alex Wild.


Neotropical Region: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela

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On 2013-08-22 08:01:27 Zach Lieberman modified Images
On 2013-08-22 08:01:03 Zach Lieberman modified Images

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