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Genus: Philidris   Shattuck, 1992 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Extant: 9 valid species, 6 valid subspecies

Philidris Shattuck, 1992a PDF: 17. Type-species: Formica cordata, by original designation. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Genus Philidris references
Shattuck, 1992c PDF: 140 (diagnosis, review of genus); Shattuck, 1994 PDF: 135 (catalogue); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1051 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 334 (catalogue); Shattuck, 1999: 80 (Australia synopsis); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 122 (brief male diagnosis)

Taxon Page Images:

Philidris ants at the entrance to their nest in a Myrmecodia host plant. Iron Range National Park, Queensland, Australia.

An epiphytic Myrmecodia ant-plant in an Australian woodland. The swollen base of this plant is hollow, with an intricate gallery of chambers that house aggressive Philidris ants. The ants defend the plant (not very effectively in this case, judging from the holes in the leaves), and provide the plant with nutrients. Iron Range National Park, Queensland, Australia.
Images © Alex Wild.


   (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists)   Genus is native to: Australasia, Indomalaya, Oceania bioregions (based on species list records).

Australasia Region: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
Indomalaya Region: Borneo, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand
Oceania Region: Fiji
Palearctic Region: China

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