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Genus: Myrmecocystus   Wesmael, 1838 


Classification:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)

29 species

Myrmecocystus Wesmael, 1838: 770. Type-species: Myrmecocystus mexicanus, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Genus Myrmecocystus references
Forel, 1878c PDF: 372 (diagnosis); Cresson, 1887 PDF: 255 (U.S.A. catalogue); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 216 (catalogue); Wheeler, 1912e PDF: 173 (all species key); Emery, 1925d PDF: 238 (diagnosis, catalogue); Cole, 1942 PDF: 385 (U.S.A., Utah species key); Creighton, 1950a PDF: 440 (North America species key); Gregg, 1963: 643 (U.S.A., Colorado species key); Snelling, 1969b PDF: 6 (Myrmecocystus melliger complex, key); Snelling, 1976 PDF: 22, 25, 27, 93, 115 (diagnosis, all species revision, keys); Smith, 1979: 1445 (North America catalogue); Snelling, 1982b PDF: 77, 83 (supplements to 1976 keys); Allred, 1982: 451 (U.S.A., Utah species key); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1986g PDF: 69 (U.S.A., Nevada species key); Dlussky & Fedoseeva, 1988: 77 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1050 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 274 (catalogue); Mackay & MacKay, 2002 PDF: 344 (U.S.A., New Mexico species key).

Taxon Page Images:



Myrmecocystus mexicanus. Honeypot ants have an unusual food storage system. Some members of each colony act as living receptacles known as "repletes", these ants become engorged with food and hang from the ceilings of chambers deep underground. Captive colony at the California Academy of Sciences.
Image © Alex Wild.

Distribution:

   Genus is native to: Nearctic, Neotropical bioregions (based on species list records).

Nearctic Region: Arizona, Baja California, Baja California Sur, British Columbia, California, Canada, Chihuahua, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Colorado, Durango, Hidalgo, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North America, Sonora, Texas, United States, Utah, Washington, Zacatecas
Neotropical Region: Americas, Central America, Jalisco, Mexico

References:

Snelling, R.R. 1976. Revision of the Honey Ants, genus Myrmecocystus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). PDF: http://antbase.org/ants/publications/2724/2724.pdf

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Myrmecocystus   Smith, F., 1858, Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae., London: British Museum, pp. -1--1: 200, (download) 200 8127
Myrmecocystus   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: 29-30, (download) 29-30 21008


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