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Genus: Centromyrmex   Mayr, 1866 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 15 valid species, 2 valid subspecies

Centromyrmex Mayr, 1866b PDF: 894. Type-species: Centromyrmex bohemanni, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Centromyrmex in Poneridae: Mayr, 1866b PDF: 894.
Centromyrmex incertae sedis in Ponerinae: Jaffe, 1993: 8.
Centromyrmex in Ponerinae, Ponerini: Forel, 1895b PDF: 111; Forel, 1899b PDF: 2; Emery, 1901b PDF: 35; Forel, 1900f PDF: 303; Ashmead, 1905c PDF: 382; Wheeler, 1910a PDF: 135; Emery, 1911e PDF: 57 [subtribe Centromyrmecini]; Arnold, 1915: 38; Forel, 1917 PDF: 237 [subtribe Centromyrmecini]; Wheeler, 1922: 646; subsequent authors; Hölldobler & Wilson, 1990: 10; Bolton, 1995b: 23; Bolton, 2003 PDF: 44, 160; Bolton & Fisher, 2008c PDF: 2.
Centromyrmex as genus: all authors.
Genus Centromyrmex catalogues
Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 15; Emery, 1911e PDF: 57; Wheeler, 1922: 762, 766, 766 (Afrotropical Centromyrmex, Glyphopone, Leptopone); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 52, 76 (Asia Centromyrmex, Typhloteras); Kempf, 1972b PDF: 75 (Neotropical); Bolton, 1995b: 139; Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014 10.11646/zootaxa.3817.1.1 PDF: 167 (species checklist); Fisher & Bolton, 2016: 244 (Afrotropical checklist).
Genus Centromyrmex references
Bingham, 1903 PDF: 94 (diagnosis); Emery, 1911e PDF: 57 (diagnosis); Arnold, 1915: 38 (diagnosis); Brown, 1963a PDF: 9 (review of genus); Kempf, 1967b PDF: 404 (Neotropical species revision, key); Bolton, 1994: 164 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1048 (census); Bolton, 2003 PDF: 160 (synopsis); Fernández, 2008a PDF: 138 (Neotropical species key); Bolton & Fisher, 2008c PDF: 4, 8 (diagnosis, Afrotropical species revision, key); Eguchi et al., 2014 10.11646/zootaxa.3860.1.1 PDF: 29 (diagnosis, Vietnam synopsis); Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014 10.11646/zootaxa.3817.1.1 PDF: 165 (diagnosis, synopsis); Baccaro et al., 2015 10.5281/zenodo.32912 PDF: 316 (genus in Brazil); Fisher & Bolton, 2016: 242 (diagnosis); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 254 (brief male diagnosis); Fernández & Guerrero, 2019 PDF: 517 (Colombia species key).

Taxon Page Images:

Centromyrmex gigas, Aragua, Venezuela.
Image © Alex Wild.

Centromyrmex sps Kerala. Dr Kalesh Sadasivan 2016

// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
    Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
    Asia: Borneo, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Indomalaya, Neotropical
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Afrotropical, Indomalaya, Neotropical

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Centromyrmex nov. gen  Mayr, G., 1866, Diagnosen neuer und wenig gekannter Formiciden., Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 16, pp. 885-908: 894, (download) 894 4366
Centromyrmex   Bolton, B. & Fisher, B. L., 2008, Afrotropical ants of the ponerine genera Centromyrmex Mayr, Promyopias Santschi gen. rev. and Feroponera gen. n., with a revised key to genera of African Ponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1929, pp. 1-37: 4-10, (download) 4-10 22169

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