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Genus: Brachymyrmex   Mayr, 1868 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 40 valid species

Brachymyrmex Mayr, 1868b PDF: 163. Type-species: Brachymyrmex patagonicus, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Brachymyrmex in Formicinae, Dimorphomyrmecini: Emery, 1925d PDF: 40 [subtribe Brachymyrmecini]; Donisthorpe, 1943g: 628.
Brachymyrmex as genus: all authors.
Genus Brachymyrmex catalogues
Cresson, 1887 PDF: 255 (U.S.A.); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 174; Wheeler, 1922: 1036 (Malagasy); Emery, 1925d PDF: 40, 43; Smith, 1951c PDF: 838 (North America); Kempf, 1972b PDF: 37 (Neotropical); Smith, 1979: 1424 (North America); Brandão, 1991 PDF: 331 (Neotropical); Bolton, 1995b: 81; Fisher & Bolton, 2016: 219 (Malagasy checklist).
Genus Brachymyrmex references
Forel, 1878c PDF: 375 (diagnosis); André, 1882c PDF: 214 (Europe, Algeria species); Santschi, 1923b PDF: 652 (diagnosis, all species key); Emery, 1925d PDF: 40, 43 (diagnosis, (Brachymyrmex (Bryscha) diagnosis); Creighton, 1950a PDF: 356 (North America species, review); Bernard, 1967a PDF: 279 (diagnosis); Alayo, 1974 PDF: 26 (Cuba species key); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1048 (census); Quirán et al., 2004 PDF: 275 (diagnosis); Ortiz & Fernández, 2014 PDF: 29 (species with tumuliform metathoracic spiracles key); Baccaro et al., 2015 10.5281/zenodo.32912 PDF: 184 (genus in Brazil); Wilson et al., 2016 10.3897/JHR.50.8697 PDF: 81 (male genitalia and phylogeny); Fisher & Bolton, 2016: 218 (diagnosis); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 149 (brief male diagnosis); Fernández & Ortiz-Sepúlveda, 2019 PDF: 725 (Colombia species key); Fernández & Ortiz-Sepúlveda, 2019 PDF: 725 (Colombia species key); Ortiz-Sepúlveda et al., 2019 10.1007/s13127-019-00406-2 PDF: 452, 456 (diagnosis, all species revision, key).

Taxon Page Images:

Brachymyrmex patagonicus is a South American rover ant that is spreading rapidly across the southern and western United States. Here, workers of this tiny species are dwarfed by a small drop of honey. Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Image © Alex Wild. // Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Cape Verde, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Reunion, Seychelles, Tromelin Island
    Americas: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Galapagos Islands, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela
    Asia: China, Japan, Saudi Arabia
    Europe: Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine
    Oceania: Guam, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Malagasy, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania, Palearctic
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Nearctic, Neotropical

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Brachymyrmex   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 27, (download) 27 21367
Brachymyrmex   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 27, (download) 27 21367
Brachymyrmex   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: 28, (download) 28 21008

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