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Genus: Megalomyrmex   Forel, 1885 


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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 44 valid species

Megalomyrmex Forel, 1885a PDF: 371. Type-species: Megalomyrmex leoninus, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

[Type-species not Formica bituberculata, unjustified subsequent designation by Wheeler, 1911g PDF: 167.]
Genus Megalomyrmex references
Emery, 1890c PDF: 47 (all species key); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 71 (catalogue); Wheeler, 1909b PDF: 236 (all species key); Emery, 1922c PDF: 189 (diagnosis, catalogue); Wheeler, 1925a PDF: 32 (all species key); Ettershank, 1966 PDF: 101 (diagnosis, review of genus, checklist); Kempf, 1972b PDF: 139 (catalogue); Bolton, 1987 PDF: 285 (genus); Brandão, 1990b PDF: 411 (diagnosis, all species revision, key); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1050 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 249 (catalogue); Longino, 2010 PDF: 37 (Central America species key); Boudinot et al., 2013 PDF: 1 (male diagnosis, Central America species keys); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 208 (brief male diagnosis); Fernández & Serna, 2019 PDF: 805 (Colombia species key)

Taxon Page Images:

Colonies of the social parasite Megalomyrmex adamsae are small, consisting of only a handful of ants. They raise their brood in small chambers built within the fungus gardens of their host species. Here the queen is visible in the middle of the nest chamber. Panama; captive colony at the University of Texas.
Image © Alex Wild. // Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Ivory Coast
    Americas: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Neotropical
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

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