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Genus: Ectatomma   Smith, 1858 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

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); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 142 (brief male diagnosis)

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.


   (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists)   Genus is native to: Neotropical bioregion (based on species list records).

Neotropical Region: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Galapagos Islands, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela
Palearctic Region: Czech Republic

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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