Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)
Extant: 9 valid species, 6 valid subspecies
Taxon Page Images:
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 IslandsIndomalaya Region: Borneo
, ThailandOceania Region: FijiPalearctic Region: China
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