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Genus: Philidris   Shattuck, 1992 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 9 valid species, 7 valid subspecies

Philidris Shattuck, 1992a PDF: 17. Type-species: Philidris cordata, by original designation. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Philidris as genus: all authors.
Genus Philidris catalogues
Genus Philidris references
Shattuck, 1992c PDF: 140 (diagnosis, review of genus); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1051 (census); Shattuck, 1999: 80 (Australia synopsis); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 122 (brief male diagnosis).

Taxon Page Images:

Philidris 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. // Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Asia: Borneo, China, India, Indonesia, Krakatau Islands, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand
    Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Oceania, Palearctic
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Oceania

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