Aphaenogaster swammerdami

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Aphaenogaster swammerdami
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species: A. swammerdami
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster swammerdami
Forel, 1886

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Aphaenogaster swammerdami is a common and abundant species known to have an omnivorous diet consisting of arthropods and seeds (Boehing-Gaese et al., 1996, 1999; Fisher, 2003). Their underground nests can be large and have been found to be shared with the snakes Madagascarophis colubrinus (Schlegel, 1837) and Leioheterodon modestus (Günther, 1863); it is an important secondary seed disperser of Commiphora guillaumini (Burseraceae) (Böhning-Gaese et al. 1999).



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Malagasy Region: Madagascar (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The type specimens of Tetramorium tsingy, an ant only known known from a few individuals, were collected from a nest of A. swammerdami..


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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • swammerdami. Aphaenogaster (Ischnomyrmex) swammerdami Forel, 1886c: cvi (w.) MADAGASCAR. Forel, 1891b: 168 (q.m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1977: 584 (l.). Combination in Stenamma (Ischnomyrmex): Forel, 1907e: 14; in Aphaenogaster (Deromyrma): Forel, 1913b: 350. Current subspecies: nominal plus clara, curta, spinipes.


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