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Genus: Acropyga   Roger, 1862 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Extant: 41 species

Fossil: 1 species

Acropyga Roger, 1862a PDF: 242. Type-species: Acropyga acutiventris, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Genus Acropyga references
Roger, 1863b: 11 (catalogue); Forel, 1878c PDF: 379 (diagnosis); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 174 (catalogue); Bingham, 1903 PDF: 332 (diagnosis); Wheeler, 1922: 928 (Afrotropical catalogue); Emery, 1925d PDF: 27 (diagnosis, subgenera key, catalogue); Emery, 1925d PDF: 29, 30 (Rhizomyrma)); Weber, 1944b PDF: 91 (Neotropical Acropyga (Rhizomyrma) species key); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 210 (Asia checklist); Kempf, 1972b PDF: 16 (Neotropical catalogue); Smith, 1979: 1423 (North America catalogue); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 107 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 5 (Australia checklist); Morisita, Kubota, et al., 1991: 14 (Japan species key); Wang & Wu, 1992a PDF: 227 (China species key); Bolton, 1994: 51 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1047 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 57 (catalogue); Shattuck, 1999: 86 (Australia synopsis); Terayama, Fellowes & Zhou, 2002 PDF: 22 (diagnosis, East Asian species key); LaPolla, 2004 PDF: 16 (diagnosis, all species revision, New World species key: 23, Old World species key: 27); LaPolla & Fisher, 2005 PDF: 601 (Afrotropical species, key); LaPolla, Schultz, et al. 2006: 197 (phylogeny); Terayama, 2009 PDF: 204 (Taiwan species key); Heterick, 2009 PDF: 60 (south-western Australia species key); Blaimer, LaPolla, Branstetter, Lloyd & Brady, 2016 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.05.030 PDF: 20 (phylogenomics); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 146 (brief male diagnosis)

Taxon Page Images:

A nearly blind Acropyga goeldii worker ant tends to root-feeding mealybugs in an underground chamber. The ants depend on their hemipteran "cattle" for food, while the mealybugs are kept safe from predators and carried to new roots by their ant guards. Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Image © Alex Wild.


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

Afrotropical Region: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Australasia Region: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
Indomalaya Region: Borneo, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Krakatau Islands, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Nicobar Island, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
Nearctic Region: United States
Neotropical Region: Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
Oceania Region: Fiji
Palearctic Region: China, Greece, Japan, United Arab Emirates

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Acropyga   Forel, A., 1893, Formicides de l'Antille St. Vincent. Récoltées par Mons. H. H. Smith., Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 1893, pp. 333-418: 347-348, (download) 347-348 3948
Acropyga nov. gen  Roger, J., 1862, Einige neue exotische Ameisen-Gattungen und Arten., Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift 6, pp. 233-254: 242-243, (download) 242-243 4098

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