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Genus: Mycocepurus   Forel, 1893 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Extant: 6 valid species

Mycocepurus Forel, 1893h PDF: 602 [as subgenus of Atta]. Type-species: Atta smithii, by subsequent designation of Wheeler, 1911g PDF: 167. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

[Mycocepurus Forel, 1893b PDF: 164, nomen nudum. Mycocepurus also described as new by Forel, 1893j PDF: 369.]
Mycocepurus as genus: Wheeler, 1911g PDF: 167; Emery, 1913c PDF: 251; Forel, 1917 PDF: 247; Wheeler, 1922: 669; Emery, 1924f PDF: 334; all subsequent authors.
[Mycetopurus: incorrect subsequent spelling by Santschi, 1925b PDF: 17. (Perhaps an error of merging Myceto(phylax) + (Mycoce)purus: Bolton, 1995b: 36).]
[Mycocepurus: incorrect subsequent spelling by Luederwaldt, 1918 PDF: 39.]
Genus Mycocepurus references
Emery, 1924f PDF: 334 (diagnosis, catalogue); Kempf, 1963b PDF: 417 (diagnosis, all species revision); Kempf, 1972b PDF: 146 (catalogue); Brandão, 1991 PDF: 358 (catalogue); Bolton, 1994: 105 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1050 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 269 (catalogue); Mayhé-Nunes & Meneguete, 2000 PDF: 6 (all species key); Mackay et al., 2004 PDF: 2 (North and Central America species key); Rabeling et al., 2014 10.1016/j.cub.2014.07.048 PDF: 2050 (molecular phylogeny); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 215 (brief male diagnosis); Fernández & Serna, 2019 PDF: 862 (Colombia species key)

Taxon Page Images:

Inside the fungus garden of the asexual ant Mycocepurus smithii. Panama
Image © Alex Wild. // Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
  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)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Mycocepurus   Kempf, W. W., 1963, A review of the ant genus Mycocepurus Forel, 1893 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Studia Entomologica (N. S.) 6, pp. 417-432: 418-419, (download) 418-419 4571
Mycocepurus   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: 369, (download) 369 3948

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