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Genus: Mycetosoritis   Wheeler, 1907 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 2 valid species

Mycetosoritis Wheeler, 1907d PDF: 714 [as subgenus of Atta]. Type-species: Atta hartmanni, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Mycetosoritis in Myrmicinae, Attini: Emery, 1913c PDF: 251; Wheeler, 1922: 669; Emery, 1924f PDF: 343; all subsequent authors.
Genus Mycetosoritis references
Kempf, 1972b PDF: 146 (catalogue); Smith, 1979: 1410 (North America catalogue); Bolton, 1994: 105 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1050 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 269 (catalogue); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 214 (brief male diagnosis)
Sosa-Calvo et al., 2017 10.1371/journal.pone.0176498 PDF: 8: set gender to masculine: "Because there is thus no indication of gender in the original description of Mycetosoritis, Section of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature applies, requiring the use of the masculine gender for genus-group names with endings of ambiguous gender for which the author did not indicate the gender either explicitly or via a clear adjectival species-group name."

Taxon Page Images:

Mycetosoritis hartmanni in their subterranean fungus garden. The fungus- a white stringy material- grows between the bits of debris fed to it by the ants. The ants then feed from the fungus- a true agricultural system. Smithville, Texas, USA.
Image © Alex Wild. // Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, United States
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Nearctic, Neotropical
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Nearctic, Neotropical

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

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